A Cherry Hill man charged with producing child pornography will remain in custody until his trial, the Courier Post reports.
Burton Gersh, 68, is in a federal detention facility, according to the report. He was looking to be released until his trial begins on May 19, but a judge ruled that Gersh had reason to flee between the possibility of a long prison term and over $2 million in assets, according to the report.
Gersh and Les Sidweber, 73, were each charged with two counts of production of child pornography on Nov. 3.
Gersh and Sidweber face a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in prison, with a maximum possible sentence of 60 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, a period of supervised release of five years to life, and a $200 special assessment.
The two allegedly transported two minors, ages 16 and 17, from the Philadelphia area, on multiple occasions, to their homes in Cherry Hill, according to court documents.
While there, Sidweber took pictures of the teenagers engaging in sexually explicit acts at Gersh’s behest.
Gersh claims the girls told him they were 18, but federal courts have deemed suspects of child pornography are not permitted to use that as an excuse, according to the report.