A National Children's Museum spokesman was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges and accused of using his work computer to send explicit images to others, including a New York City undercover detective.
Robert A. Singer, 49, was arrested at his home in Falls Church, Va., on charges that he sent the pornographic images to a detective posing as a 33-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter, U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said.
Singer was identified in the criminal complaint as a spokesman for the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, D.C., which closed in Sept. 2004 to prepare for renovations. The museum, which plans to reopen in 2012 as the National Children's Museum, said in a statement that officials were "horrified" by the events.
The Manhattan federal court complaint said Singer used the screen name Badboy2at to initiate contact with the detective in a chat room. Singer sent the detective about 80 explicit images of child pornography from his work and home computers, the complaint said.
The images sent from Singer's museum computer depicted sexual acts between minors and adults, the complaint said. Singer also sent the daughter two images with instructions to "just delete it when you are done."
Singer also exchanged images with other people while sending the pornography to the detective in August and September, the complaint said.
Singer was charged with five counts of distributing child pornography in interstate commerce. He was detained Tuesday pending a bail hearing later in the week. If convicted, he could face a prison term of up to 40 years on the most serious charges.