Elkton-area man charged in child pornography case
— 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
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.