Sheriff’s deputy charged with child pornography
Case turned over to federal authorities
Federal authorities an- nounced Tuesday that a Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested and charged with possession of child por- nography.
Pfc. Alexander C. Sulli- van, 37, of King George, Va., a 10-year veteran of the agency assigned to the warrants division, was arrested Monday night after investigators reportedly found more than 200 images and five videos on his phone, though the forensic investigation is continuing, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greenbelt.
Sheriff Troy Berry (D) said his detectives took immediate action after receiving tips from
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicating Sulli- van’s telephone number had allegedly uploaded suspected child pornography. Detectives rec- ognized Sullivan’s name as a fellow officer, and after conferring with the Charles County State’s Attorney’s office, the case was turned over to feder- al authorities.
The officer, formerly of Indian Head, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of a criminal trial, in accor- dance with agency policy.
“We will continue to work with our law en- forcement partners as the investigation moves forward,” Berry said.
Charles County State’s Attorney Anthony Cov- ington (D) commended the sheriff’s office for its swift action.
“The sheriff’s office, as soon as they got this information, they acted immediately,” he said. “They did a great job in- vestigating, and they got it done quickly.”
“Unfortunately, they found the evidence that they found,” he added, “… but they didn’t hes- itate and that’s a good thing.”
Covington also said that he asked the federal attorneys to handle pros- ecution due to their great- er ability to streamline a multi-jurisdictional case. He also said that federal law is capable of rendering a more appropriate sentence for an offense of this nature, rather than current Maryland law, which he believes to be more lenient.
On Nov. 17, a state search warrant for Sullivan and his phone was executed in Charles County, and investigators reportedly found at least 200 images and five videos depicting child pornography.
On Monday night, Sullivan was arrested, and if convicted, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Sullivan appeared in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday afternoon in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge William Connelly, and was released to home detention under the supervision of a third party custodian, his wife, and an electronic monitoring device to await trial, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Homeland Security Investigations Baltimore and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation. Rosenstein thanked assistant U.S. attorneys Joseph R. Baldwin and Kristi N. O’Malley who are prosecuting the federal case.