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Detroit — A counselor at a Jewish day camp who has been charged with producing child pornography after investigators said he filmed prepubescent boys in a locker room faces a bond hearing Tuesday in federal court.

Jewish Community Center counselor Matthew David Kuppe, 21, of West Bloomfield faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of three child pornography charges, including production and possession.

Kuppe, who worked at the West Bloomfield camp for at least two years, including a stint supervising special-needs campers, made an emotional appearance last week in federal court. He was arraigned in front of his parents, who minutes earlier read a copy of a graphic, seven-page criminal complaint listing the allegations against their son.

Kuppe, who studied psychology at Michigan State University, is being held without bond.

The Jewish Community Center operates camps in West Bloomfield and Oak Park, according to its website. Activities include swimming, chess, soccer, Web design and prayer.

Kuppe, who cleared a criminal background check before being hired as a counselor, worked primarily with fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders. He was immediately fired after Jewish Community Center officials learned about his arrest.

The investigation started this month after a Homeland Security agent got a tip about photos of young boys being posted on a foreign website. A user with the name “jcclockerroom” posted numerous photos of young boys in a locker room setting.

The investigation continues into whether Kuppe sexually assaulted any of the boys.

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