Originally created 10/06/04

Tornado reveals child porn



FREDERICK, Md. - Workers repairing a home damaged in a tornado discovered nearly two dozen boxes filled with child pornography. The homeowner remained jailed Monday on $96,000 bail.

Robert L. Medvee, 52, was charged Friday with 48 counts of creating computer images of child pornography and 48 counts of possession of child pornography, sheriff's Deputy Jennifer Bailey said.

The seized material - computer discs, videotapes and photographs - filled 20 to 24 boxes, Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle said.

"It was the largest seizure of child pornography I've ever seen," Rolle said. "We had to bring in a pickup truck to get all of it out of there."

Rolle said more charges could be filed. It was not clear if Medvee had an attorney in the case.

Workers found the pornography while doing repairs to the house, damaged Sept. 17 by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan, authorities said. Medvee was staying with friends at the time, police said.