Former Bethesda Music Teacher Indicted on Child Pornography Charges
Kopfstein-Penk could face 20 years in prison
Charles Victor Kopfstein-Penk
Photo from Maryland State Police
A former music teacher from Bethesda who state police arrested in May has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.
Charles Victor Kopfstein-Penk, 74, was indicted Thursday in U.S. District Court, the United States Attorney’s office said in a press release.
Kopfstein-Penk was arrested May 23 after state police searched his home on Lone Oak Drive. They said they recovered numerous electronic devices that contained child pornography. The state police obtained a search warrant after they started investigating Kopfstein-Penk in February.
Kopfstein-Penk, who gave music lessons out of his home, had images that included the sexual abuse of children, including one of child pornography that involved a pre-teen, according to the indictment.
The indictment also seeks “the forfeiture of any property traceable to profits from the offense or used to commit the offense, including a desk top computer and five external hard drives.”
He could face up to 20 years in prison.
Kopfstein-Penk’s attorney, William C. Brennan Jr., was not available for comment Friday morning.
Kopfstein-Penk also faces multiple charges of child pornography possession in Montgomery County Circuit Court, according to state court records. He is scheduled for a three-day jury trial Oct. 29.
Steve Chaikin, his attorney representing him in circuit court, was not available for comment Friday morning.
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