Police say that a man in greater Baltimore was found to have over 1,900 videos and images of alleged child pornography in his home. Investigators say the man had been receiving and trading child pornography online. After obtaining and executing a search warrant, investigators said they found the materials on several phones and computers. They also announced the seizure of $1,680 in allegedly counterfeit money.
The investigators further alleged that after the search, forensic analysts confirmed the recovered materials were being shared with and distributed to other recipients online. The man who was suspected turned himself into the Maryland State Police after the search and was released on $20,000 bail. He was charged with distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and possession of forged currency.
The man's arrest followed a typical pattern for child pornography cases. Most defendants are arrested when authorities come across images or videos and seek to determine where they were sent. Once a location is identified, the authorities search it and seize all electronic devices at the location to find the materials. Because of this seemingly overwhelmingly evidence and the seriousness of the charges, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.
One of the attorney's first goals should be to see if there are ways for the charges to be dropped. Often, especially in the case of share internet connections or computers, it is impossible for the authorities to determine which person actually accessed the pornographic materials. If this is not possible, the attorney will then seek to help the accused avoid some of the most serious consequences, which include lifetime sex offender registration and a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Source: CBS Baltimore, "Anne Arundel County Man Arrest for Child Porn," Nov. 21, 2013