Members of the Maryland State Police, Computer Crimes Section, Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) conducted an online investigation into individuals distributing child pornography.
On March 11, 2014, Alex R. Tringali, 24 of the 300 block Nectar Court, Westminster, Maryland was arrested and charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography and ten counts possession of child pornography. Tringali is currently being held on $55,000 bond at the Carroll County Detention Center
A trooper assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began the investigation several months ago after locating a computer sharing what was believed to be child pornography on a file-sharing network. The investigator was able to trace the computer activity back to Tringali’s Westminster residence.
During the investigation, the suspect was identified as Alex R. Tringali. The investigation led to the search of Tringali’s residence. During the search, investigators located digital evidence confirming he was in possession of child pornography and had been distributing it over the internet. In addition, numerous items of digital media to include computers, cameras, CD/DVD’s were seized and turned over to computer forensic examiners for further analysis.
The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.