Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley (left), and campaign volunteer Michael C. Teegarden. (AP Photo and screengrab news report)
HANOVER, Va. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley’s campaign has “severed all ties” with a campaign volunteer in Virginia following the supporter’s arrest on felony child pornography charges.
The Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover confirmed Saturday that Michael C. Teegarden was being held without bail on charges related to the online trading of child pornography. It was not clear if the 51-year-old Teegarden had an attorney.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch first reported his arrested Thursday in Hanover County. The newspaper said he was O’Malley’s Virginia campaign chairman.
In an email sent to The Associated Press, O’Malley spokeswoman Haley Morris said the campaign was “horrified by these allegations.” She described Teegarden as a volunteer.
The Times-Dispatch reported that Teegarden was an executive at a wealth management company in the Richmond area and a former educator.