Police: Teen also molested boy, 9
— A teen has admitted to molesting a 9-year-old boy on three occasions — one day after a Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation resulted in detectives raiding his Rising Sun residence and filing child pornography charges against him, police reported.
In his latest criminal case, the suspect, Matthew James Mowbray, 19, of the unit block of Ayers Drive, is charged with second-degree assault and three counts of thirddegree sex offense, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Investigators filed those charges against him on Friday, a day after police had raided his residence and confiscated electronic equipment that Mowbray allegedly used to possess child pornography and to solicit sex from an 11-yearold boy who resides in California, court records show.
On Friday, after spending a night in the Cecil County Detention Center, Mowbray posted a $50,000 bond in that child pornography case to gain his pretrial freedom,
according to court records. Mowbray is charged with six counts each of soliciting sex from a minor and possession of child pornography.
However, later on Friday, a district court commissioner set a $300,000 bond on Mowbray after investigators arrested him for the second time in two days — this time in the criminal case in which he stands accused of molesting the 9-year-old boy, court records show.
Investigators learned about Mowbray’s alleged molestation while interviewing him after his arrest in the child pornography case, according to court records.
As of Monday afternoon, after a bail review hearing in which a district court judge reduced his bond amount, Mowbray remained in the county jail in lieu of a $200,000 bond, court records show.
Mowbray told investigators that, during the winter of 2015, he molested the 9-year-old boy in the basement of his Ayers Drive residence on three occasions, police reported.
In his first criminal case, which was filed against him on Thursday, Mowbray told investigators that, through the internet, he had solicited photos from an 11-year-old California boy that showed the boy in a sexually explicit fashion, police said.
Mowbray also confessed that he had “chatted through Skype with the boy” while each fondled himself, police added.
Mowbray admitted that “he told the boy (in California) what to do in the videos and photos,” court records allege.
The two criminal cases against Mowbray are the result of an investigation that started earlier this year, when the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force developed information about the potential distribution of child pornography over the internet, police said.
As a result of the subsequent investigation, police added, Mowbray was identified as the suspect and that led to the court-approved search of his Ayers Drive home at about 5 a.m. on Thursday.
“Service of the search warrant resulted in the recovery of various digital media storage devices,” a Maryland State Police spokesman said, adding, “Evidence will be submitted to the Maryland State Police Digital Forensics Lab for analysis.”
It marked the third house raid and arrest relating to child pornography in Cecil County since Sept. 21 — when investigators charged Joseph Deshon, 42, with two counts each of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography after a search of his residence in the unit block of Mallory Way in North East, police said.
Then on Oct. 7, investigators arrested Saul John Hansen, 33, after raiding his residence in the unit block of Molitor Road near Elkton, and charged him with two counts each of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, police added.
The criminal cases against Mowbray, Hansen and Deshon are unrelated, aside from the involvement of the same investigative agencies.
MSP Computer Crimes Unit investigators conducted all three raids, including the one in Rising Sun on Friday, with the assistance of MSP troopers assigned to the North East barrack and Homeland Security Investigations agents, police reported.
The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which conducted the initial investigation, is organized under the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section.
The task force is com- prised of police agencies from throughout the state and its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation.
The task force works cooperatively 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.