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Operation Spyglass yields arrest of Louisburg dance teacher

Release date: 10/27/2011

Raleigh:  Operation Spyglass has resulted in an additional arrest, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Thursday.

SBI agents working with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Bruce Anthony Howard, a dance teacher from Louisburg, this afternoon.
Investigators tracked computer transactions to Howard’s home at 68 White Pines Mobile Home Park in Louisburg, where they executed a search warrant and seized a computer on October 12, 2011.  Through examination of the computer and other aspects of the investigation, investigators determined that Howard had collected images of child sexual abuse since at least 2008.  They also identified a child that Howard solicited to produce child pornography and located evidence of that crime on Howard’s computer.  
Howard was charged with 10 counts of Second Degree Child Sexual Exploitation and one count of First Degree Child Sexual Exploitation and was placed in the Franklin County Detention Center with a $300,000 secured bond. Howard had been employed as an instructor at several local dance studios.

Contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413