Es­sex Man sen­tenced to 10 years in fed­eral pri­son for pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy

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U.S. District Judge J. Fred­er­ick Motz sen­tenced Carl Ja­van Ross, age 30, of Es­sex, Mary­land, to­day to 10 years in pri­son, fol­lowed by life­time su­per­vised re­lease, for re­ceipt and pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy. Judge Motz or­dered that the fed­eral sen­tence be con­sec­u­tive to the state sen­tence Ross is cur­rently serv­ing for sex­ual abuse of a mi­nor. Judge Motz also or­dered that upon his re­lease from pri­son, Ross must regis­ter as a sex of­fender in the place where he re­sides, where he is an em­ployee, and where he is a stu­dent, un­der the Sex Of­fender Regis­tra­tion and No­ti­fi­ca­tion Act (SORNA). Ross was con­victed by a fed­eral jury on De­cem­ber 7, 2016, af­ter 30 min­utes of de­lib­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence pre­sented at his three-day trial, on July 2, 2015, an un­der­cover Bal­ti­more County de­tec­tive was con­duct­ing an on­line investigation look­ing for of­fend­ers shar­ing child pornog­ra­phy on cer­tain file shar­ing net­works. The de­tec­tive down­loaded two video files doc­u­ment­ing the sex­ual abuse of pre­pubescent chil­dren from an IP ad­dress later iden­ti­fied as be­ing used by Ross.

Trial tes­ti­mony showed that law en­force­ment ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Ross’ res­i­dence on July 28, 2015, and re­cov­ered his lap­top com­puter. A pre­view of the com­puter showed that it con­tained a user hash, which is a unique value as­signed by the file shar­ing pro­gram, iden­ti­cal to that of the com­puter that shared the two videos of child pornog­ra­phy down­loaded by the de­tec­tive. In ad­di­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found search terms in­dica­tive of child pornog­ra­phy and dig­i­tal images of child pornog­ra­phy.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Child­hood, a na­tion­wide ini­tia­tive launched in May 2006 by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice to com­bat the grow­ing epi­demic of child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and abuse.

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