GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A former Grand Island firefighter charged with possessing child pornography works with children at his church and has created an elaborate outdoor Christmas light display at his home for several years.
Mark Fhuere, 50, was charged Monday with felony possession of a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct.
He resigned as a firefighter/paramedic with the Grand Island Fire Department on Friday, the day he turned himself in at the Nebraska State Patrol office.
Investigators say Fhuere admitted to viewing child porn on his home computer.
State Patrol Lt. Dennis Leonard said there is no evidence Fhuere ever downloaded or viewed pornographic material while at work or while using a city computer.
Fhuere was released on his own recognizance Monday afternoon. He was ordered not to have any contact with children under age 16 without supervision by another adult.
In an unrelated case, a Grand Island man has pleaded not guilty to four felonies relating to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
Ryan J. Brumbaugh, 26, is charged with three counts of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct and one count of possession of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct.
— World-Herald News Service