Po­lice: Teen also mo­lested boy, 9

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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,

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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.

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