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Narcotics for Child Porn

Eric Paul Boucher set his Merrifield apartment up with strobe lighting like a nightclub, where he gave teenagers drugs, including crystal meth and a date rape drug, and photographed them in sexually explicit poses, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Ben'Ary.

Boucher, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography during his plea hearing before Judge Dennis J. Smith in Fairfax County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Boucher faces up to 20 years in prison — 10 years for manufacturing and up to five years for two different counts of possession of child pornography.

Judge Dennis J. Smith revoked Boucher's bond, and he was taken to the Adult Detention Center.

"I'm in a position, here, where Mr. Boucher stands before me convicted of a very serious matter," said Smith. "At this point, I don't see how I can continue him on bond."

In April, a witness went to Fairfax County Police to report that he and his friends went to Boucher's residence in the 8100 block of Prescott Drive where Boucher gave them drugs and money to photograph them. Three juvenile males were involved in the incidents which occurred in March and April, according to the indictment against Boucher and police reports.

Boucher was originally arrested on May 9 and admitted to police that he provided narcotics to 17-year-old males and took photos that he downloaded onto his computer to enhance the images, said Ben'Ary.

No photos were transmitted to the Web and were strictly for his own personal use, said Boucher's defense attorney. He requested that Boucher's bond be continued until his sentencing, so Boucher could continue treatment for bipolar disorder and alcohol and narcotics abuse.

Boucher is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

<1b>— Ken Moore