Busi­ness­man sen­tenced to 4 years for child porn

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ANNAPOLIS — Lo­cal busi­ness­man Shawn Ti­tus, 44, was sen­tenced to 4 years in prison for sec­ond-de­gree sex of­fense and pro­duc­ing child pornog­ra­phy, Anne Arun­del County State’s At­tor­ney Wes Adams an­nounced Sept. 21.

Anne Arun­del Cir­cuit Court Judge J. Michael Wachs also sen­tenced Ti­tus to 5 years su­per­vised pro­ba­tion and other spe­cial con­di­tions, in­clud­ing no con­tact with vic­tim, no un­su­per­vised con­tact with a mi­nor, no con­tact with a mi­nor for a sex­ual pur­pose, no pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, no use of any In­ter­net site that dis­plays or dis­trib­utes child pornog­ra­phy, and to suc­cess­fully com­plete a psy­cho­sex­ual eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment.

“This crime vi­o­lates chil­dren in a deeply dis­turb­ing way. I want to thank Judge Wachs for send­ing a mes­sage to the com­mu­nity that we will not tol­er­ate sex­ual of­fenses or child pornog­ra­phy,” said Adams. “I also want to en­cour­age any­one who has been a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault to feel com­fort­able to come for­ward and talk with our trained pros­e­cu­tors who will work tire­lessly to seek jus­tice for your case.”

Pros­e­cu­tors said Ti­tus se­cretly video­taped him­self com­mit­ting sex­ual of­fenses on a young boy from ages 11 to 13 from 1990-1993. When abuse be­gan Ti­tus was 18. Ti­tus main­tained the pornog­ra­phy tapes over the course of 25 years and through two moves across Anne Arun­del County and the East­ern Shore. The tapes were found in 2015 when Ti­tus moved from Queen Anne’s County back to Anne Arun­del leav­ing them be­hind; they were turned over to Mary­land State Po­lice.

Mary­land Ju­di­ciary Case Search shows Ti­tus’ ad­dress as that of the busi­ness in Ch­ester where he was em­ployed, Jeff’s Body Shop, which is owned by his fa­ther. Court records also show a pre­vi­ous ad­dress of Cen­tre­ville.

None of the in­ci­dents on the tapes took place here. Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richard­son said his of­fice had no in­volve­ment in the case.

“The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and ar­rest of those who ex­ploit and abuse chil­dren con­tin­ues to be a pri­or­ity for our troop­ers,” Mary­land State Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Col. Wil­liam Pal­lozzi said. “The sup­port of mem­bers of the Anne Arun­del County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice dur­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion is ap­pre­ci­ated.”

“I want to thank the hard­work­ing troop­ers of the Mary­land State Po­lice for their thor­ough and pro­fes­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tion which helped our pros­e­cu­tor seek jus­tice for the victims in this case,” said Adams. “Part­ner­ships with law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in our com­mu­nity can make or break our cases.”

Wachs sen­tenced Ti­tus to 20 years, sus­pend­ing all but 4 years, for sec­ond-de­gree sex of­fense, and 4 years, to run con­cur­rent, for pro­duc­ing child pornog­ra­phy. If Ti­tus vi­o­lates his pro­ba­tion, he could face ser ving the re­main­ing 16 years of his sen­tence.

SHAWN TI­TUS

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