Pros­e­cu­tor charged with child pornog­ra­phy

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A Bal­ti­more pros­e­cu­tor as­signed to the ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion was ar­rested early Tues­day in Bal­ti­more County and charged with pos­ses­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy, county po­lice said. Pa­trick Mo­ran, 39, an as­sis­tant city state’s at­tor­ney since 2003, was taken into cus­tody af­ter po­lice raided his Not­ting­ham home and found “nu­mer­ous im­ages and videos of child pornog­ra­phy.” Po­lice said they also found var­i­ous pieces of com­puter equip­ment and dig­i­tal stor­age de­vices that are be­ing tested. Mo­ran was re­leased af­ter post­ing $150,000 bail. He could not be reached for com­ment. Bal­ti­more State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn J. Mosby said in a state­ment that Mo­ran was a “now for­mer em­ployee.” A spokes­woman for the of­fice would not com­ment on the cir­cum­stances of Mo­ran’s de­par­ture from the of­fice, cit­ing per­son­nel pol­icy. In the state­ment, Mosby called the al­le­ga­tions “de­spi­ca­ble and dis­heart­en­ing” and said her of­fice would co­op­er­ate with county au­thor­i­ties as they con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in July when the Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren passed along a tip about in­ter­net ac­tiv­ity re­lated to child pornog­ra­phy, po­lice said. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion led po­lice to an ad­dress in the 8900 block of Kilken­ney Cir­cle, where they be­lieved child pornog­ra­phy was be­ing shared on the in­ter­net. Po­lice raided the home at 5 a.m. Tues­day and “iden­ti­fied Mo­ran as the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the child pornog­ra­phy,” po­lice said. Po­lice said they had no ev­i­dence to in­di­cate that Mo­ran had been in­volved in pro­duc­tion of such im­ages. The Mary­land Ju­di­cial Coun­cil lists Mo­ran as a “su­per­vis­ing at­tor­ney” in the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice’s ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion. His an­nual salary was $93,400 in 2015, ac­cord­ing to a data­base of salaries of city em­ploy­ees.

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