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Brandon High counselor posts bail to be released on child porn charges

TAMPA — A Brandon High guidance counselor was being released from jail early today after a judge reduced his bail to $90,000 Thursday.

Bail for Robert Frederick Murray, 54, was originally $600,000 for charges of 80 counts of child pornography possession.

Murray, a guidance counselor with Hillsborough County schools for more than 25 years, had images of children ages 7 to 12 on a computer he told detectives belongs to him, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. He was arrested at his home Wednesday.

The court ordered Thursday that, upon release, Murray can have no contact with children, cannot use a computer and must wear an electronic monitoring device, according to Bay News 9.

At the hearing, a niece pleaded with the judge for a reduced bail, saying her uncle has never been in trouble and is the sole caregiver for his elderly parents.

Authorities say there is no indication the pictures are of current students at Brandon High or that Murray had looked at pornography while at school. The school district planned to hand over the hard drive from Murray's work computer to deputies.

Murray's arrest was triggered by a monthlong Sheriff's Office investigation into distribution of child porn on the Internet.

Brandon High counselor posts bail to be released on child porn charges 11/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 11, 2010 11:34pm]
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