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.
A 35-year-old man was arrested recently on charges of possession of child pornography with attempt to distribute. A judge had ordered him to be detained until his next court appearance, but the man's criminal defense lawyer filed a motion to request he be released from custody so that he may live with his parents in Maryland. The lawyer said he is prepared to cooperate with mental health professionals to receive a mental health evaluation. His lawyer noted that he will also have to agree to relinquish his passport and stay away from underage children.
On May 14, United States district judge for the District of Maryland sentenced a 48-year-old Maryland resident on child pornography charges. The man will serve six years of imprisonment followed by 10 years of parole. The judge also ordered that he register as a sex offender where he lives, works and goes to school following his release from prison, based on the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.