Lawyer arrested again on child porn charges
A lawyer from Fairfax County, who was arrested last month for allegedly paying a teenaged girl to have sex with him while he photographed the encounter, was arrested again Thursday and charged with10 more counts of possessing child pornography.
Joshua J. Gessler, 41, was an associate with the prominent Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter in its Tysons Corner office. He was arrested Aug. 9 after a Fairfax woman contacted police and reported that her 15-year-old daughter was engaged in prostitution.
Court records showed that Fairfax detectives used the girl's e-mail account to track down Gessler, and that he allegedly sent numerous sexually explicit photos of the girl to her from an e-mail account registered to him.
Police searched Gessler's house on Nina Court in McLean and reportedly seized more illegal material. He was not charged with that material when he was arrested Aug. 9, on one count of producing child pornography and five counts of possessing child porn. He was released a week later on $10,000 bond.
But a review of the material seized from the house led to the additional charges, police said. Gessler surrendered to police Thursday morning, and was ordered held without bond. Gessler's lawyer, Peter D. Greenspun, declined to comment.
-- Tom Jackman
September 16, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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