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Maryland men sentenced for child porn, another charged

A 35-year-old Westminster man is facing more than five years behind bars after pleading guilty and entering into a plea agreement on July 2 for allegedly possessing child pornography. The charges stemmed from two incidents that occurred during September 2012 and March 2013, when the man allegedly used file-sharing software to share pornographic images of children.

According to court documents, the man was initially arrested after he reportedly shared the images with an undercover officer who was investigating the case. During a subsequent search of the man's computer and other digital media devices, the man allegedly had 296 videos and 277 images showing the sexual abuse of minors.

In addition to his prison sentence, the man has been sentenced to 25 years of supervised release. The court has stated that he must also register as a sex offender in the sex offender registry upon his release.

Interestingly, a 54-year-old Dundalk man was arrested on similar charges on the very same day as the 35-year-old man's sentencing. The second man now faces three counts of possession of child pornography.

According to police, the arrest of the second man occurred after investigators allegedly discovered child pornography on a computer that was reportedly discovered in a home investigators were searching a year ago. The search was part of an investigation into alleged child pornography distribution and possession.

The second man is being held pending a hearing. Investigators say that the two cases are unrelated.

Sex offenses that involve possession of child pornography can have serious consequences such as damage to a defendant's personal and professional life if they are convicted. An experienced Maryland criminal attorney may be able to assist a defendant who faces these types of charges.

Source: WBALTV 11, "Westminster man imprisoned for sharing child porn," Katie Lange, July 2, 2014.

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