Fox producer busted for child porn once linked to 'Lohan nipple' photos
Ron Brynaert
Published: Wednesday February 11, 2009

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Online resume claims he spent four years at school he dropped out of after his first arrest

Fox News Channel producer Aaron Bruns, who was arrested and arraigned on child pornography charges in a federal courthouse in Washington Tuesday, once ran a blog heavy on satire called Tanksphere where he linked to naughty photographs of a young actress, RAW STORY has found.

"According to charging documents, investigators say Bruns had been sharing pornography on a social networking Web site," the AP reports. "A Fox News spokeswoman says they are aware of the arrest. She says Bruns was suspended Tuesday without pay."

The AP adds, "Bruns covered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008 and later was a general producer in Washington, covering politics. A judge scheduled another hearing for Thursday, where he will consider whether to continue holding Bruns in jail."

In a July of 2004 post, fellow blogger David Deming wrote about the film Mean Girls, which starred Linsday Lohan, who had just turned 18 years old.

"Which brings me to another point - I don't know how old Ms. Lohan is in real life, but in the movie she is sixteen," Deming wrote. "There's something slightly discomfiting about this, for she is very clearly a sex object, but kind of disarmingly cute at the same time. I can imagine that men watching this movie can't decide whether they want to deflower her or make sure she gets home by midnight. How much conflict you feel over this depends entirely on how old and how sleazy you are."

Bruns left the following reply on the post, " just in case you hadn't seen this...should be requird viewing."

The link was to a web site, since scrubbed from the web (archived link), that contained video of the young actress grinding followed by pictures that showed "accidental" cleavage. The five photographs which Bruns said should be "requird viewing" clearly showed her right nipple protruding from her top.

A prior post by Bruns at his blog referenced his Fox News employers: "Special Report with Brit Hume. Gripping stuff. (Had to give a nod to those that pay the bills)."

"FishbowlDC reports this is not Bruns' first run-in with the law," TV Newser notes. "He dropped out of the University of Michigan in 1999 after being arrested on charges of distributing child pornography."

TVNewser's Chris Ariens continues, "So why wasn't Bruns checked out by Fox News? A network spokesperson tells TVNewser criminal background checks were not instituted until 2003. Bruns was hired in 2002."

According to a 1999 AP story not available on the web, Bruns was sentenced to three years’ probation after "6,000 pornographic images of children" were found on his computer's hard drive.

"The judge placed Bruns of Lima, Ohio, on probation last Thursday under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which means his conviction will be expunged if he complies with the conditions of probation," the 1999 AP story added.

In 1998, the University of Michigan school paper reported, "Less than two weeks after Department of Public Safety detectives had arrested him on charges of distributing child pornography, LSA first-year student Aaron Bruns voluntarily dropped out of the University while his case was pending, his lawyer told District Court Judge John Collins on Wednesday."

The story quoted a DPS officer who told the paper that "Bruns has been trading and downloading pornography since at least late January, receiving as many as a few hundred inquiries a day from others eager to trade child pornography."

Bruns' now deleted LinkedIn profile claimed that he attended University of Michigan from 1998 to 2002. It's unknown if Bruns' official resume also claimed the same when he was hired by Fox nearly seven years ago.

Smoking Gun has a copy of the explicit arrest warrant affidavit which was filed in U.S. District Court.