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Accused nanny faces new child porn charges

Donald Shepherd Donald Shepherd

Burlington, Vermont - February 18, 2010

The nanny who allegedly abused a boy in Grand Isle County is now facing a slew of child porn charges. Police say Donald Shepherd, 24, has been charged with 18 counts of using a child in a sexual performance and 6 counts of possession of child pornography. Police say they found over 650 digital images and 50 videos during their lengthy investigation and forensic exam of Shepherd's property.

Shepherd is being held at the jail in South Burlington on his previous charges. His arraignment on the child porn charges is scheduled for March 25 in Grand Isle.

Back in June, investigators painted Shepherd as a pedophile traveling the country looking for nanny jobs and summer camp work, often times using aliases. Evidence suggests that Shepherd may have sought jobs working with children in nearly 20 cities across the U.S. -- from Florida to Texas to Washington, D.C.

Here in Vermont, police say Shepherd admitted to sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in Grand Isle County.

"The effects can be terribly long lasting and damaging," said Linda Johnson of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.

Johnson says overcoming child sex abuse is challenging, but that quick action from family members and the local community can help rehabilitate child victims.

"It depends on how the community and most importantly how their family responds," Johnson said. "If their family takes immediate action as soon as this is disclosed, that feels like really good support, and I'm safe and I can depend on my family to protect and support me and believe me. If that doesn't happen, then the child feels much more harmed, degraded, isolated, not believed not supported."

Recovery is possible, but there are a few critical elements essential to the process.

"Lots of patience, lots of time, and lots of love," Johnson advised.

To help bring normalcy to the most vulnerable of victims.

Melinda Davenport - WCAX News

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