GRANTS, N.M.—A New Mexico man charged in a massive child porn ring and who authorities say talked about raping and cooking children was an aspiring horror writer.

The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that Richard Dates posted a vampire story on the writing website Helium. In his story, a vampire father and son raid a hospital of blood.

The 67-year-old was charged last week with possessing child pornography in an international investigation that began in Massachusetts.

Dates, a former Cibola Beacon reporter, worked as a science teacher in New Mexico and a tutor in the Chicago area.

Dates told federal agents that he had used a photo editing program on several photos of butchered body parts, sending them out online.

He is being held without bond and is seeking court appointed attorney.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com