Raid yields child sex crimes
— A Chesapeake City-area man is facing child pornography and molestation charges after investigators seized his laptop computer containing numerous photos of young girls with adult men, according to Cecil County District Court records.
The suspect, Edward Tillinghast, 45, remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $750,000 bond on Thursday, two days after Maryland State Police detectives assigned to the agency’s Computer Crimes Unit and agents with Homeland Security arrested him at his residence, court records show.
Charges against Tillinghast, who is scheduled for a June 13 preliminary hearing, include second-degree sex offense, two counts of third-degree sex offense, five counts of counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of permitting a child to be a sexual subject in child pornography, police reported.
MSP detectives started their investigation on May 5, the day a relative of Tillinghast’s discovered child pornography images on Tillinghast’s laptop computer and contacted authorities, police said. That relative told investigators that the images appeared to have been “downloaded from a file-sharing program,” police added.
That led to detectives raiding Tillinghast’s residence and him granting a police interview, in which Tillinghast admitted to having used “peer-to-peer file sharing to obtain child pornography” and to having viewed child pornography, according to court records.
Tillinghast also confessed to sexually abusing a girl, court records allege.
Police reported that the alleged victim “was rescued by troopers from further harm and is safe and secure with a legal guardian.”