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 38-year-old man was charged with second degree rape, third degree sex offense, fourth degree sex offense and second degree assault on Sept. 24. Leonardtown's sheriff's office received a report of a sexual assault at approximately 5 a.m. that morning.
A Maryland man became the first to mount a success appeal to get his name removed from the sex offender registry. Last month, the appellant, filing as John Doe, argued that his inclusion on the sex offender's list was unconstitutional because the registry did not exist until 1995, 12 years after he committed his crimes in 1983. The court agreed that this was retroactive punishment that is not allowed under state law, and Doe's name and arrest photo were removed from the registry. As a result of this ruling, as many as 2,000 of the 8,000 names on the state registry could now be eligible for possible removal.
A Maryland man was taken into police custody and charged with sex abuse of a minor and of a family member in addition to other charges. If convicted, he may face severe punishments, including having to go through sex offender registration.