Former gymnastics coach in Columbia sentenced to 6 years for distributing child pornography

Former gymnastics coach gets six years on charges of distributing child pornography.

A Baltimore County man who worked as a gymnastics coach in Howard County has been sentenced to six years in prison on charges he distributed child pornography.

Paul Daniel Bollinger, 57, of Windsor Mill, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis. After the six years in prison, he will undergo 12 years of supervised release under terms of a plea agreement.

According to the court documents, prosecutors alleged that Bollinger distributed videos of child pornography using a computer file sharing program. Bollinger pleaded guilty in November.

Baltimore County police said that in May 2016 an undercover detective had downloaded at least 10 movie files containing child pornography that Bollinger distributed. Police executed a search warrant at Bollinger's residence and found a computer running file sharing software, and seized more than 40,000 image files and more than 100 video files of child pornography. County police said at the time of Bollinger's arrest that there was no evidence he had produced any of the pornography.

Bollinger was a longtime instructor at Top Flight Gymnastics in Columbia. Prosecutors said he had worked as a gymnastics coach for more than 30 years.

Officials said Bollinger remains detained. His attorney listed in online records could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

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