Man ar­rested on child porn charges

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

Fol­low­ing months of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a man liv­ing in Charles County at the time has been ar­rested and charged with pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

John Ed­ward Hall, 72, of Dray­den was ar­rested May 10 af­ter po­lice re­port­edly dis­cov­ered child pornog­ra­phy on an elec­tronic de­vice which be­longed to him, court records show. Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors had sus­pected that Hall had up­loaded five im­ages de­pict­ing child porn to the in­ter­net in Oc­to­ber 2016, prompt­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Hall, who had been liv­ing with fam­ily in Hugh­esville when the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan, told de­tec­tives in March that he “was do­ing re­search for a book he is writ­ing on in­ter­net pornog­ra­phy,”

and that he had been look­ing at adult and child porn for sev­eral years, and had viewed con­tent the pre­vi­ous week. Hall then gave po­lice two ex­ter­nal hard drives, two thumb drives and three lap­tops, which were then an­a­lyzed fur­ther, al­legedly re­veal­ing

child pornog­ra­phy. Det. K. Gross also notes in Hall’s charg­ing doc­u­ments that in an on­line con­ver­sa­tion, Hall told a woman that he had touched an 11-year-old boy in a sex­ual man­ner while liv­ing in Flor­ida.

Hall was kicked out of the Hugh­esville res­i­dence and

had been liv­ing in an RV park in Dray­den, where he was ar­rested, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Hall re­mains in cus­tody af­ter his bond was set at $10,000 on May 11, per court records.

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