Businessman sentenced to 4 years for child porn
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.