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Former Bethesda Preschool Teacher Sentenced To 14 Months

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 5/24/2013, 3:10pm  ET

James Douglas Manring, who a federal prosecutor’s office said taught preschool in Bethesda up until his arrest in November, today was sentenced to 14 years in prison for production of child pornography.

Manring pleaded guilty in January to two counts of production of child pornography for bringing films of himself performing sexual acts on students while teaching at a preschool in Japan from 1996 until 1999, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Manring, 54, lived in Fredericksburg, Va.

Between April 2010 and February 2011, prosecurtors say Manring also purchased approximately 46 “naturist” videos worth about $2,000 showing “graphic and simulated lascivious exhibition of the genitals and pubic areas of minor boys.”

It is unclear where Manring taught in Bethesda prior to his arrest on Nov. 13, 2012.

In January, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said he was told Manring taught at the NIH Child Care’s Bethesda Campus Preschool, but NIH spokesperson Brad Moss said there was no record of Manring “ever being employed by NIH or as a contractor at an NIH sponsored child care center.”

A February article in the Fredericksburg News Post said Manring’s Facebook page and court documents showed he worked a NIH preschool from 1981 to 1985. He lived in Japan from 1985 to 1999.