Man faces decades in prison for child porn sex offenses

A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving minors. The man, age 49, reportedly admitted on March 24 that he had produced child pornography during 2013. Official reports show that the man will likely be sentenced to nearly 10 years’ prison time for the possession of child pornography, and he will also be required to register as a sex offender because of the sex crimes.

Authorities say that the man was accused of planting a camera in a bathroom that was used by a 14-year-old male child. The hidden camera was reportedly placed in such a way that it could capture images of the child’s genital region. The man used the video uploaded from the watch, transferring it to his computer and mobile phone. He had reportedly been sharing the bathroom with the teen as part of a living arrangement with a family. The alleged activities took place between February and May 2013.

Officers searched the man’s residence in Mechanicsville in early May 2013. Investigators say they found as many as 18 videos of the child undressing and going to the bathroom. Several videos were identified on the man’s laptop and cellphone, according to authorities. Additional analysis of the man’s electronic equipment shows that his face was recorded on one of the videos as he was setting up the hidden camera.

Although a tentative plea agreement has already been reached, the man will not be formally sentenced until early June. The man was facing these federal allegations for sex crimes in addition to another case in St. Mary’s County. He will serve a total of 20 years for his involvement in both crimes.

Criminal defendants who are facing allegations related to possession of child pornography may benefit from the assistance of a Maryland criminal defense attorney. These professionals may provide information about plea options, including entering a guilty plea. An attorney can serve as a critical ally and advocate for those facing action in criminal court.

Source:  Southern Maryland Online, “Mechanicsville man pleads guilty to federal, state sex crimes” No author given, Mar. 24, 2014