Sex crimes against minors, such as child porn and solicitation of sex, are serious crimes that are pursued aggressively. A Maryland man knows this all too well, as he was recently arrested on numerous child porn charges.
The La Plata man was arrested on June 24 after New York State Police contacted Maryland State Police about a case involving child porn production. New York State Police were investigating the situation, which involved the 43-year-old man soliciting nude photos from a child. He also attempted to solicit sex from the minor.
Maryland State Police investigated the case and were able to identify the suspect. They went to the man’s home in La Plata on the morning of June 24 and served the man a search warrant. He was arrested and charged with six counts of child porn production, six counts of child porn possession, one count sexual solicitation of a minor, one count of displaying obscene matter to a minor, and one count of tampering with physical evidence. The man is currently at the Charles County Detention Center, where he is being held without bail.
The arrest was a joint effort with the cooperation of Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and the FBI. Police are still looking for additional victims.
The internet is a great tool for many people. It helps students complete assignments and allows people to work from home. It’s also a great source of entertainment.
However, it’s also an easy way for sexual predators to find victims. In the past, sex crimes happened in person, but now, it can happen through technology such as computers and the internet. Children of all ages use the internet and when they’re not supervised by their parents, they may end up in chat rooms and other online forums with adults. These adults—primarily men—prey on teens, especially girls. The conversations start out friendly but once the offenders gain the trust of these minors, they may solicit them for nude photos and sex. They may even plan to meet up in person and engage in sexual acts.
According to one study, the victims in these situations are primarily girls between the ages of 13 and 15. The offenders were adults, with three-quarters of them over the age of 25. In most cases, the victims met with these adults and had sex with them multiple times. Half of the victims reportedly fell in love with the offenders. Five percent of the incidents resulted in violence.
A person can face child porn charges at the state and federal levels. The punishment can be extreme, resulting in many years in prison, as well as being labeled as a sex offender for life.
A conviction will ruin your life. The Columbia child pornography lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. knows the law and will fight on your behalf. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987. We have two offices to serve you.
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