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O'Malley campaign chair in Va. arrested on child pornography charges

Michael C. Teegarden, 51, was arrested on two counts of child pornography at his home outside Richmond, Va. He is the chair of former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley's election effort in Virginia, but the O'Malley campaign severed ties after the arrest. Hanover (Va.) sheriffs executed a search warrant after information was received that a computer in the residence was being used for online trading of digital child pornography.
Michael C. Teegarden, 51, was arrested on two counts of child pornography at his home outside Richmond, Va. He is the chair of former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley's election effort in Virginia, but the O'Malley campaign severed ties after the arrest. Hanover (Va.) sheriffs executed a search warrant after information was received that a computer in the residence was being used for online trading of digital child pornography. (Handout / Hanover Sheriff)

Former governor Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign severed ties with the chair of his election effort in Virginia this week after the man was arrested on child pornography charges.

Michael C. Teegarden, 51, faces two counts of felony possession of child pornography, charges brought by the Hanover County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said they got a tip that a computer at Teegarden's home in the suburbs north of Richmond was being used to trade illicit images online.

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On Twitter, Teegarden's identified himself as "O'Malley for President 2016, Virginia Chair. Relatively hip dad."  He actively tweeted about the campaign.  Hanover County Sheriff's officials said Teegarden was being held without bail.

O'Malley spokesman Haley Morris said Teegarden was a volunteer who is no long associated with the campaign.

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"We're horrified by these allegations, and if he is found guilty he should be punished to the full extent of the law," Morris said in a statement Friday afternoon. "He is no longer a volunteer, and we have severed all ties with him immediately."

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