Bethesda Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Bethesda Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Music instructor remained in custody Friday

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Charles Victor Kopfstein-Penk

Photo courtesy Maryland State Police

A Bethesda man who has provided music lessons to area children from his home was arrested Thursday and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

Charles Victor Kopfstein-Penk, 74, was arrested at about 5 a.m. Thursday after state police served a search warrant at his home on Lone Oak Drive and recovered “several” electronic devices. A preliminary review of the devices “revealed the presence of child pornography files,” according to a media release issued by the Maryland State Police.

The state investigation began in February when investigators “discovered a person online actively pursuing the receipt” of child porn, according to police, and Kopfstein-Penk was identified as the suspect.

State police declined to comment further on the case.

A lawyer for Kopfstein-Penk was not listed in online court records Friday morning, and he remained in custody at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com

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