Rising Sun man gets 18 years in child porn case
— A federal judge sentenced a Rising Sun man to 18 years in prison Friday for displaying an image documenting the sexual exploitation of a prepubescent girl and for secretly videotaping a girl showering inside his residence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III imposed the sentence on James J. Stanley, 29, during a hearing at the federal courthouse in Baltimore. In January, Stanley had pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, as part of a plea deal in which federal prosecutors dismissed numerous other charges.
As part of the sentence, after Stanley serves his 18-year term in federal prison, he must register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life “in the place where he resides and where he is an employee,” explained Vickie LeDuc, a USAO spokeswoman.
According to prosecutors, Stanley used a website that hosts anonymous and random one-to-one video and text chat. The website allows users to chat with others without providing any identifying information, and it markets itself as an opportunity for users to “Talk to strangers!” prosecutors reported.
During a video chat session on the website on Oct. 20, 2014, Stanley used his webcam to display an image documenting the sexual abuse of a prepubescent girl, which was stored on his computer or other digital storage media, prosecutors said.
In addition, Stanley placed a digital recording device in a shower that he knew would be used by a girl and that he did so with the intent of creating video recordings of her engaged in sexually explicit conduct, prosecutors added.
Stanley committed that offense at some point before Jan. 14, 2015 — shortly before Maryland State Police detectives arrested him in a state case that would later total more than 60 charges against Stanley, before it was transferred to federal authorities, prosecutors reported.
Between Nov. 14, 2014, and Jan. 14, 2015, Stanley saved a video file to his computer that depicted the girl taking a shower, prosecutors said. Stanley admitted that he used his mobile phone to record the girl showering on approximately 10 occasions, although other videos of the girl were not recovered, prosecutors added.
MSP detectives discovered the video footage on Stanley’s computer in January 2015 — shortly after confiscating that piece of equipment and several other computers and cellphones while raiding his residence, police said.
That raid was completed with the assistance of members of Homeland Security Investigations, the Rising Sun Police Department and MSP’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, police added.
By the time detectives discovered the video, according to police, Stanley already had been charged with one count of promoting and, or, distributing child pornography based on the initial investigation. In the wake of that raid, 60 additional charges were filed against Stanley in Cecil County District Court, before the case moved to the federal level, police reported.
MSP detectives started their investigation in early December 2014, after receiving a “Cybertip” concerning the distribution of child pornography, according to police.
Investigators with the MSP Computer Crimes Unit, which monitors activities on the internet, developed Stanley as a suspect after receiving a tip from Omegle. com, a social media site that randomly and anonymously pairs up strangers for video chats, court records show.
Stanley does not appear in any of the child pornography images, police said. However, police added, Stanley does appear in the screenshots provided by Omegle, which helped develop him as a suspect.
a court order compelling the Armstrong Cable Company to supply the subscriber information relating to the IP address in question and it, in turn, identified Stanley as the subscriber, police reported.
Once they knew the suspect’s name, investigators checked MVA records and compared Stanley’s driver’s license photo with that of the person seen on the captured snapshot, accord- ing to court records.
That led to the raid at Stanley’s residence, police reported.
Stanley confessed to distributing the child pornography, telling MSP investigators that he has been battling his pedophiliac tendencies for more than a dozen years, according to court records.
“Stanley stated that he first saw child pornogra- phy when he was approximately 15 years old, and he has had to deal with it since then. He explained he needs help and wants to talk to someone in mental health....He (later) stated he has had urges to have sexual contact with children, but he has been selfmedicating with smoking marijuana and watching child pornography,” court records show.