Den­ton man charged with pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy

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DEN­TON — A Den­ton man was ar­rested by Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice de­tec­tives Mon­day, Oct. 30, and charged with pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the FBI, Mary­land State Po­lice and the Caro­line State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice, Christo­pher John Baier, 51, of 11145 Branch Court, was charged with pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, pos­ses­sion of ob­scene mat­ter with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pro­mote/dis­trib­ute child pornog­ra­phy. Baier was be­ing held at the Caro­line County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond, but was re­leased after a bail re­view hear­ing in district court Tues­day, Oct. 31.

The sher­iff’s of­fice said FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors no­ti­fied the sher­iff’s of­fice in Au­gust about a res­i­dent al­legedly in pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy. Po­lice said a fourth-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed Baier was al­legedly re­ceiv­ing and send­ing im­ages and videos of child pornog­ra­phy to var­i­ous in­di­vid­u­als on the in­ter­net. Po­lice said he al­legedly was view­ing, send­ing and re­ceiv­ing the files through a cloud stor­age ser­vice com­pany.

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice, search war­rants were served on sev­eral com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies where a large amount of child pornog­ra­phy was dis­cov­ered in nu­mer­ous ac­counts owned and main­tained by Baier.

Po­lice said on Oct. 30, de­tec­tives, along with agents from the FBI, Mary­land State Po­lice and the Caro­line State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, ex­e­cuted a search and seizure war­rant at Baier’s home in Den­ton. Po­lice said nu­mer­ous elec­tronic de­vices were lo­cated, which stored a large amount of child pornog­ra­phy.

CHRISTO­PHER JOHN BAIER

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