Po­lice ar­rest North East man on child porn charges

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ ce­cil­whig. com

NORTH EAST

— In­ves­ti­ga­tors raided a town res­i­dence early Wed­nes­day morn­ing and ar­rested a man who al­legedly had been dis­tribut­ing child pornog­ra­phy on the in­ter­net, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Po­lice.

The sus­pect, Joseph Deshon, 42, of the unit block of Mal­lory Way, re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $ 400,000 bond early Wed­nes­day night, po­lice re­ported.

Deshon is charged with two counts each of pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy and two counts of dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy, po­lice added.

Ear­lier this year, Mary­land In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force in­ves­ti­ga­tors had de­vel­oped in­for­ma­tion about po­ten­tial child pornog­ra­phy dis­tri­bu­tion over the in­ter­net, ac­cord­ing to MSP cials.

T h e task force launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in which de­tec­tives iden­ti­fied Deshon as a sus­pect, po­lice said.

That, in turn, led to MSP Com­puter Crimes Unit in­ves­ti­ga­tors, troop­ers as­signed to the North East Bar­rack and Home­land Se­cu­rity agents con­duct­ing a court-ap­proved search at Deshon’s res­i­dence shortly offi- be­fore 5 a.m. Wed­nes­day, po­lice added.

Searchers con­fis­cated “var­i­ous dig­i­tal me­dia stor­age de­vices,” which have been sub­mit­ted to the MSP Dig­i­tal Foren­sics Lab for anal­y­sis, ac­cord­ing to po­lice of­fi­cials, who also re­ported that Deshon was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent dur­ing the pre-dawn raid.

The Mary­land In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force is com­prised of po­lice agen­cies from around the state, po­lice said, ex­plain­ing that its “pri­mary mis­sion is to pro­tect chil­dren from com­puter-fa­cil­i­tated sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.”

DESHON

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