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Ex-AOL Exec Appears in Court Over Child Porn Charges

Craig Dykstra recently indicted on five felony charges of possessing child pornography.

Update: charges were dropped against Dykstra in August 2011. 

Craig Dykstra, 52, appeared in court Friday morning for arraignment and a bond hearing. He will be facing a jury of his peers on June 13-14 of this year and was released on a $5,000 bond. 

The former America Online executive, who served a five-day jail sentence for secretly taping nude Westfield High School teens at his Virginia Run home, was recently indicted by a Fairfax County grand jury on five felony charges of possessing child pornography.

Dykstra, who served the sentence in December on the previous misdemeanor charges, is due in court today for arraignment and a bond hearing on the new allegations, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kelly Pearson.

Dykstra was a well-known personality in Centreville after his home was
featured on the MTV Teen Cribs television show. He was arrested last June in response to complaints by teenaged guests of his daughters who attended a pool party at his home on Trillium House Lane. The party followed an event at Westfield High School.

A police search warrant affidavit said a teenage boy and girl, who were changing clothes inside Dykstra's house, found a small digital video camera that had been hidden inside. They took the camera, gave it to their parents who then turned it over to police. Following his arrest, police searched Dykstra's home and seized computers, cameras and various data storage devices. The new charges were the result of an ongoing investigation that looked more closely at evidence which surfaced from the original case, officials said.

No specifics are provided in the indictment and Pearson said she could not provide details because the case was pending court action.

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