Camp counselor won’t face state charges in porn case

A former Jewish Community Center summer camp counselor won’t be prosecuted on state criminal sexual conduct charges even though federal prosecutors said it was “extremely likely” he had sexual contact with young campers.

West Bloomfield Police investigators could not find evidence of wrongdoing by Matthew Kuppe, 21, after a months-long investigation. Kuppe faces federal charges and is being held without bond.

“The local investigation and any potential for any state law charges is over,” Police Chief Michael Patton said Tuesday.

Patton learned Monday the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office declined to pursue charges against Kuppe.

Patton’s investigators interviewed about eight boys who were enrolled at the summer camp.

Kuppe was charged in August with producing child pornography after investigators said he filmed prepubescent boys in a locker room and posted the photos online.

The West Bloomfield man faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of three child pornography charges, including production and possession.

He has been held without bond since being charged, though defense lawyer Walter Piszczatowski is pushing to have Kuppe released from jail.

He has suggested the photos were “child erotica” and not child porn. He has proposed having Kuppe released to his parents’ custody, monitored by electronic tether and blocked from accessing the Internet.

Prosecutors said Kuppe is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

“It is extremely likely that defendant engaged in some form of sexual contact with campers at the JCC summer camp in 2014 and 2015,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward wrote in a court filing. “It is also extremely likely that the victims of defendant’s sexual abuse may not come forward or be identified.”

Source: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2015/10/13/camp-counselor-face-state-charges-porn-case/73895336/