Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen refused Danny Lynn Parker’s request Tuesday for a lower bail.
The 39-year-old Kathleen man has been in jail since his April 18 arrest.
He faces 90 counts of possessing child pornography. Each charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded Parker took the girls’ photographs and pasted their faces onto photos of nude adult female bodies.
A main question in the case will be whether the altered images are child pornography.
Parker’s lawyer, Francis Solorzano, has filed a motion seeking to dismiss the charges. His motion states that the bodies of the children are not depicted, and there is no indication of any sexual conduct by the children.
Prosecutors requested more time at a hearing Monday to research the issues before arguing against the motion to dismiss.
Parker volunteered at Lakeland Acres Baptist Church as a teacher. He also served as a youth camp photographer at Lake Wales Care Center.
Investigative reports have provided more details about the case, including a more than 80-page transcript of Parker’s statement to detectives.
His arrest came after people rummaging for aluminum cans inside a trash bin at a Dade City egg farm found photographs of children with their faces cut out, reports state.
Investigators traced the trash back to Parker when they looked up his phone number on a Walgreens photo container, reports state.
Deputies searched Parker’s room at his parent’s home and found a green, three-ring binder filled with the images. The girls whose faces were used ranged in age from about 5 to 15 years old, an arrest report states.
Parker denied being attracted to female children but later agreed that he was attracted to them, according to the transcript of his statement.
Parker told detectives that he took the photographs of the girls at church and camp events.
He said he would work at night on the images when his parents weren’t home, matching the children’s faces to women’s bodies from pornographic magazines and the cover of a pornographic DVD.
Parker repeatedly denied ever touching any of the girls, according to the transcript.
He said he had “a lot of opportunities” to be alone with children and could have “done whatever,” but he did not. He said he had “drawn a line” that he wasn’t going to intentionally touch children, according to the transcript.
Detectives asked whether he felt that he might “step over the line.”
“I can’t predict the future,” Parker said, according to a transcript. “I don’t know.”
Parker told detectives that he didn’t date very much and is addicted to pornography. He said he had spent about a month or so making the images, the report said.
He told the detectives that he had been sexually molested for several years beginning when he was 9 or 10 years old, according to the transcript.
In college, he studied ministry but couldn’t graduate because he was having heart problems, he said.
Parker said he heard about the idea of putting children’s faces on adult female bodies following news reports about a Lakeland school principal accused of similar actions.
John Stelmack, the former principal at Scott Lake Elementary School, continues to face child pornography charges. A trial date has not been scheduled.