(SYKESVILLE, MD) – Maryland State Police computer crimes investigators have arrested and charged a Carroll County man with the possession and distribution of child pornography.
The suspect is identified as David A. Esmond, 19, of Sykesville, Md. He is charged with one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography. Subsequent to his arrest, Esmond was transported to the Carroll County Central Booking Center for processing and to await an initial appearance before a court commissioner.
In April 2016, a member of the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit was conducting an on-line investigation involving the distribution and possession of child pornography. The investigator downloaded child pornography that was distributed from a specific Internet address.
Further investigation led to the identification of the Internet address. Troopers obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and served the warrant this morning. The suspect was identified and arrested.
A preliminary forensic review of the suspect’s computer indicated it held as many as 25,000 image and/or video files of child pornography. The investigation is continuing.