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School board member pleads not guilty to child porn charges

December 13, 2018

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A former school board member in southwest Washington state has pleaded not guilty to possessing child pornography.

The Daily News reports 46-year-old Richard Gregory Lord Jr. was arraigned Tuesday in Cowlitz County.

The former Longview School Board member is charged with first- and second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Lord was arrested last month in Nevada on suspicion that he had obtained several lewd photos of a teenage girl.

Authorities say he had taken the teen to a state school board directors conference in November 2017 and stayed with her in a hotel room.

The teen told authorities that Lord had likely taken the photographs off her cellphone.

Lord posted $100,000 bail. His trial is scheduled for April.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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