Former leader of Hampton Roads Shriners arrested on child porn charges
(WTKR-TV) A Shriner - known for his charitable work with children - is now accused of having a thousand graphic images and video of child porn.
Ray Highsmith is in federal custody, accused of downloading the illegal files off a website and saving them on a home computer.
An ear to ear grin topped with a red-fez. That is how most people at Khedive Shrine Temple would likely remember Ray Highsmith, their potentate, or leader, in 1995 and an active Shriner since.
Court documents uncovered by News Channel-3 reveal a different side to the 68-year-old, one that suggests that in his time away from helping burnt children as a Shriner he collected pornographic pictures of children at home.
Through billing records, federal agents say they found out that Highsmith had a membership to a child pornography website and that he later admitted to having two memberships.
When investigators seized his computers, they say they found even more proof - a thousand- pornographic pictures and seven videos. Some of them portraying sadomasochism.