Elk­ton-area man charged in child pornog­ra­phy case

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A man re­mained jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond on Satur­day af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors raided his Elk­ton-area res­i­dence and con­fis­cated elec­tronic equip­ment that he al­legedly used to pos­sess and dis­trib­ute child pornog­ra­phy, ac­cord­ing to Mary­land State Po­lice.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Saul John Hansen, 33, of the unit block of Moli­tor Road. Mem­bers of the MSP Com­puter Crimes Task Force raided his res­i­dence about 9:30 a.m. Fri­day with the as­sis­tance of troop­ers as­signed to the North East Bar­rack, Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers and Home­land Se­cu­rity agents, po­lice re­ported.

Hansen is charged with two counts each of dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy and pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court records, which in­di­cate Feb. 23 as the date on which he al­legedly com­mit­ted his of­fenses.

As of early Satur­day af­ter­noon, Hansen, who is sched­uled for a bail re­view hear­ing on Tues­day, re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, court records show.

Ear­lier this year, af­ter de­vel­op­ing in­for­ma­tion about the “po­ten­tial dis­tri­bu­tion

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of child pornog­ra­phy over the In­ter­net,” in­ves­ti­ga­tors as­signed to the Mary­land In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force iden­ti­fied Hansen as the sus­pect, po­lice said.

That led to the court-ap­proved search con­ducted at Hansen’s Moli­tor Road res­i­dence on Fri­day, po­lice added.

“Ser­vice of the search war­rant re­sulted in the re­cov­ery of var­i­ous dig­i­tal me­dia stor­age de­vices,” an MSP spokesman said, ex­plain­ing that the seized de­vices will be sub­mit­ted to the MSP’s Dig­i­tal Foren­sics Lab for anal­y­sis.

T h e Mar yland In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force is or­ga­nized un­der the MSP Com­puter Crimes Section, po­lice re­ported. The task force is com­prised of po­lice agen­cies from through­out the state, and its pri­mary mis­sion is to pro­tect chil­dren from com­puter-fa­cil­i­tated sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The task force works co- op­er­a­tively with law en­force­ment agen­cies and pros­e­cu­tors to pro­vide re­sources to com­bat these crimes, po­lice said. Ad­di­tion­ally, po­lice added, the task force pro­vides com­mu­nity aware­ness cam­paigns help­ing to pre­vent the spread of these crimes through ed­u­ca­tion.

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