Man charged with so­lic­it­ing child porn

Re­port­edly told teen he ran a mod­el­ing com­pany

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A Leonard­town man was ar­rested last week for re­port­edly so­lic­it­ing an un­der­aged girl to take nude pho­to­graphs and videos of her­self, claim- ing that he ran an “in­ter- net mod­el­ing com­pany,” court records re­vealed.

Brian Pa­trick Du­rant, 29, was charged with so­lic­it­ing child pornog- ra­phy and dis­tri­bu­tion of ob­scene mat­ter, ac­cused of con­vinc­ing a 17-yearold girl to send him ex- plicit im­ages and videos for about an eight-month pe­riod last year, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. Af- ter she de­cided to stop com­mu­ni­cat­ing with him, Du­rant allegedly be­gan send­ing her porno­graph- ic pho­tos and videos she had him.

On July 25, 2016, the now 18-year-old woman re­ported the al­le­ga­tions to a de­tec­tive with the Charles County Sher- iff’s Of­fice, prompt­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice records state. She told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Du­rant had hired her to take pho­to­graphs of chil­dren pos- ing with the Easter bunny at the St. Charles Towne Cen­ter for No­err Pro­grams, a com­pany that sets up the­atri­cal hol­i­day scenes for shop­pers.

She was 17 years old when Du­rant re­port­edly ap­proached her dur­ing work about the on­line mod­el­ing com­pany, and allegedly con­vinced her to be­gin send­ing him nude im­ages that he said would pre­vi­ously sent to be posted on a web­site that could only be viewed by peo­ple out­side the U.S. for a 24-hour pe­riod.

In Oc­to­ber 2015, the girl de­cided to stop com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Du­rant, and soon be­gan re­ceiv­ing im­ages she had allegedly sent to Du­rant, court records show. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, de­tec­tives were able to trace the IP ad­dress used to send the im­ages back to Du­rant, and meta­data em­bed­ded into the im­ages fur­ther showed that the girl would have been 17 at the time the pho­tos and videos were taken.

Du­rant has since been re­leased af­ter post­ing bond, court records show. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing date is pend­ing.

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