Gregory Bogomol, a former Denton High School teacher, was indicted on two counts of production of child pornography Wednesday by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.
Bogomol, 38, was arrested by federal agents in May on a federal criminal complaint of possessing child pornography. He resigned from his job as a journalism teacher at Denton High a week prior to the arrest. Bogomol also was previously employed as a freelance sports writer for the Denton Record-Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He wasn’t working for any of the publications at the time of his arrest.
Both counts handed down this week allege that Bogomol “used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct,” according to a media release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The incidents took place April 20 and on or about April 23, according to the indictment.
Bogomol is scheduled to be arraigned before a magistrate judge and enter a plea Aug. 27, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Since his arrest, Bogomol has remained in custody.
He faces a $250,000 fine and a minimum of 15 years but no more than 30 years in federal prison for each count if convicted.
Cody Cofer, Bogomol’s attorney, did not return phone calls for comment Thursday.
A federal investigation led to Bogomol’s May 16 arrest. The parents of a teenage boy in Lake Charles, Louisiana, informed Homeland Security Investigations that someone solicited nude photos of their son.
According to an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court in May, Bogomol is alleged to have obtained nude photos of the boy through Kik Messenger, a smartphone application, while posing as a young female named “Crystal Williams.” Additional nude photos of the boy were requested via the app, and the boy refused. While posing as Williams, Bogomol is alleged to have threatened to send photos, already in his possession, of the boy to the boy’s friends if he didn’t send additional pictures. The boy refused to send any additional photos and “ended all communication,” according to the affidavit. Federal agents traced the app username back to Bogomol.
The affidavit states that, during an interview with federal agents on May 6, Bogomol “admitted to communicating with numerous minor males between the ages of 14 and 17 for the purpose of receiving sexually explicit images of the minors.”
Several other images of minors engaged in sexual activity were retrieved from Bogomol’s cellphone by way of a search warrant, according to the affidavit.
Bogomol is under review by the State Board for Educator Certification’s Professional Discipline Unit. The Texas Education Agency oversees educator certification in conjunction with the State Board for Educator Certification. A TEA official previously said the agency will suspend its investigation until criminal proceedings are complete.
Homeland Security Investigations is asking that if anyone was victimized by Bogomol to call 1-866-347-2423.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.