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    MI - Matthew Kuppe, 21, Camp counselor faces child porn charges, Aug 2015

    Jewish Community Center day camp counselor faces child porn charges

    Counselor accused of filming, photographing nude boys in locker room


    Author: Local 4 - ClickOnDetroit news staff, local4@clickondetroit.com

    Published On: 51 m Updated 21 m

    WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -
    A counselor at the Jewish Community Center's day camp faces child pornography charges after federal investigators said he was filming young boys in a locker room.

    Matthew Kuppe, 21, has been arrested and charged with the production, the possession and the distribution of child pornography.

    Investigators say Kuppe posted to a website several nude photos of young boys in a locker room setting. The photos depicted the prepubescent boys' genitalia...

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/j...arges/34703736

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/new...case/31649805/
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    I didn't have a chance to read the complaint until just now. Graphic content. http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/34705318

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    A completely logical reason why, while at work, your phone does not need to be on your body, but accessible to you at lunch in the employee break room or in your car or an eatery. I never recall carrying a really long extension cord from home to work to make me available to everyone I know when working before cell phones. Now you can film and take pics of people and use them for everything. Scary.
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    Update

    New information says camp counselor's inappropriate activity dates back to last year

    Author: Kimberly Gill, Local 4 Reporter, @kimberlygill

    Published On: Aug 14 2015 10:57:49 PM EDT Updated On: Aug 14 2015 11:39:05 PM EDT

    WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -
    A woman who says she used to be a camp counselor at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, talked to Local 4 today by phone. She doesn't want her name released but she told me she wasn't at all surprised to hear the allegations against Matthew Kuppe...

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/n...-year/34729966

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    West Bloomfield day camp aide charged with child porn

    By Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press 8:26 p.m. EDT August 13, 2015

    ...His profile also states he is a Michigan State University student, studying psychology with a focus on Couple and Family Therapy.

    Michigan State University’s office of media and public relations confirmed Kuppe is a senior, majoring in psychology. Kuppe was the undergraduate student liaison for the College of Social Science Alumni Association, but his profile has since been removed from the site...

    http://www.freep.com/story/news/loca...tion/31647999/

    If Kuppe hadn't been caught, his professional plans would likely have placed him in counseling situations that involved children

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    Camp counselor accused of child porn faces hearing

    Associated Press 7:24 a.m. EDT August 18, 2015

    Detroit — A 21-year-old man charged with producing child pornography by taking photos of boys in a locker room while working at a day camp in suburban Detroit faces a bond hearing.

    Matthew Kuppe was fired as a counselor at the Jewish Community Center, which operates camps in Oakland County’s West Bloomfield Township and Oak Park.

    He was charged last week and ordered held pending Tuesday’s hearing in federal court in Detroit...

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/new...ring/31898635/

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/w...court/34765236

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    Camp counselor posted photos of boys using real names

    Robert Snell, The Detroit News 4:01 p.m. EDT August 18, 2015

    Detroit — A former Jewish Community Center camp counselor posted locker room photos of naked 5-year-old campers on a Russian website and identified his alleged victims by their real names, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    Fired counselor Matthew Kuppe, 21, of West Bloomfield Township, allegedly took the photos during a camp sleepover earlier this month. He posted photos of at least three children in an online folder titled “Jewish Boys” and used the pics as bait to convince Internet users to send him more child pornography, a federal prosecutor said.

    The evidence emerged during a lengthy hearing in federal court that ended with U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Stafford ordering Kuppe held without bond pending trial, arguing he is a danger to the community.

    Kuppe, 21, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of three child pornography charges, including possession...

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/new...bond/31931971/

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    Camp failed to act on earlier complaint about counselor

    Robert Snell, The Detroit News 12:18 p.m. EDT August 27, 2015

    Detroit — Jewish Community Center camp staff failed to act on a complaint that a counselor was involved in “inappropriate conduct” last summer — one year before the counselor allegedly filmed boys in a locker room.

    A center spokesman said Thursday that an unspecified number of supervisors have been fired after new allegations surfaced against former camp counselor Matthew Kuppe.

    “We are heartsick that this matter has occurred,” camp spokesman Michael Layne wrote in a statement Thursday.

    Kuppe, 21, of West Bloomfield, appeared in federal court Thursday and was arraigned on a six-count child pornography indictment. Kuppe stood mute and is being held without bond.

    If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison...

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/new...ment/32477699/

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    West Bloomfield JCC camp counselor charged with child porn pleads not guilty

    Jewish Community Center fires 3 camp staff members


    Author: Rod Meloni, Local 4 Business Editor, @RodMeloni

    Published On: Aug 27 2015 05:51:51 PM EDT Updated On: Aug 27 2015 05:54:58 PM EDT

    WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -
    Matthew David Kuppe, the 21-year-old Michigan State University and former Jewish Community Center camp counselor from West Bloomfield, appeared Thursday before federal Judge Mona Mayhew.

    Kuppe was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and orange Crocs shoes. He pleaded not guilty to six counts of production, possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography.

    Kuppe remains behind bars where he has been since his arrest two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Jewish Community Center, where federal investigators say Kuppe took pictures of campers and sent them to a Russia-based child porn website, started firing camp employees. The firings were not just for missing this incident. Overall, three camp staff members were terminated...

    Meanwhile, Kuppe's attorney is trying to get the federal judge to release him on bond while he awaits trial. He said Kuppe's parents work from their home and would supervise him under what amounts to house arrest. They claim he is not a flight risk.

    The government wants Kuppe in jail because they want him away from electronics that have access to the Internet.

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/w...uilty/34951578


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    Feds: Ex-West Bloomfield camp counselor likely had sexual contact with children

    David Kuppe is charged with production, possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography


    Author: Local 4 - ClickOnDetroit news staff, local4@clickondetroit.com

    WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -
    In a court document filed Thursday, federal investigators say a 21-year-old man who worked as a camp counselor at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield likely had sexual contact with children at the camp.

    Federal investigators say it is "extremely likely" David Kuppe "engaged in some form of sexual contact with campers at the JCC summer camp in 2014 and 2015." ...

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/f...ldren/35089940

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    Feds: Counselor likely had sexual contact with kids

    Robert Snell, The Detroit News 6:17 p.m. EDT September 3, 2015

    Detroit — Federal prosecutors said Thursday it was “extremely likely” that a former Jewish Community Center counselor had sexual contact with young campers.

    The government made the claim in a 23-page brief arguing that ex-counselor Matthew Kuppe should not be freed on bond. It is unclear if any campers told prosecutors they were sexually assaulted at the camp.

    The brief for the first time provided details about how Kuppe allegedly managed to take 16 sexually explicit photos of three young boys at the camp’s locker room and bathroom. The brief also explains how the counselor allegedly managed to return as a counselor this summer despite management being made aware in summer 2014 that Kuppe was “overly touchy” with boy campers.

    “In 2014, when two counselors reported that (Kuppe) acted inappropriately around boys in the camp, the management did not find the complaints credible, and failed to act on them,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward wrote in the brief...

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/new...pers/71663824/

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    Ugh, ugh, ugh. I still cannot believe there were questions about his behavior with children LAST YEAR and nobody bothered to make sure higher management knew about this. They could have even called anonymously if they wanted to.

    They cannot let him out---he lives near a school and I get the feeling he will take the opportunity to commit suicide if he could.

    It's really unfortunate because JCC had an excellent reputation before this. I'm still not sure they've eradicated all the predators out of there, he had no reason to deal with the younger children but made sure he volunteered to be with them on sleepovers, to watch them for other staff - he didn't do this in a vacuum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michmi View Post
    Ugh, ugh, ugh. I still cannot believe there were questions about his behavior with children LAST YEAR and nobody bothered to make sure higher management knew about this. They could have even called anonymously if they wanted to.

    They cannot let him out---he lives near a school and I get the feeling he will take the opportunity to commit suicide if he could.

    It's really unfortunate because JCC had an excellent reputation before this. I'm still not sure they've eradicated all the predators out of there, he had no reason to deal with the younger children but made sure he volunteered to be with them on sleepovers, to watch them for other staff - he didn't do this in a vacuum.
    Keith Elementary School (Walled Lake Schools) is approximately 1/4 mile from the Kuppe home in West Bloomfield. The school playground is practically a bee-line from the Kuppe address No way should Matthew be allowed to stay in his parents' home instead of in the slammer!

    I get the impression that MK has been mollycoddled by his parents all his life. His parents seem to be overly-protective and don't want their poor wittle boy to spend time in jail. Tough! They've probably been able to get him out of most scrapes throughout his life thus far, but it's time they opened their eyes to the fact that Matthew preys on young children.

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    JCC camp aide charged with porn won't face local charges

    By Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press 12:25 p.m. EDT October 13, 2015

    A former Jewish Community Center counselor who is facing several federal child pornography charges will not be prosecuted locally on allegations that he abused multiple children at a day camp in West Bloomfield.

    West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton told the Free Press he was notified Monday that the Oakland Prosecutor's Office has declined to press charges against 21-year-old Matthew Kuppe.

    Patton said after several concerned parents and potential victims were interviewed by the CARE House in Oakland County, investigators could not find evidence of criminal wrongdoing, but they still submitted their findings to the prosecutor's office on Friday for review...

    http://www.freep.com/story/news/loca...rges/73865102/

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