Maryland State Police investigators from the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have arrested a local man on sexual solicitation related felony charges.
The accused is identified as Alexander Christensen (pictured below), 24, of Glen Arm. Three other men from Frederick, Columbia, and Annapolis were also arrested.
All four men have been charged with the sexual solicitation of a law enforcement officer posing as a minor. Upon conviction, they each face up to ten years imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines.
On Tuesday, May 24, the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a proactive operation involving the online sexual solicitation of minors. During the covert operation, Christensen communicated online with an undercover police officer posing as a minor. He allegedly made statements expressing a desire to meet the minor and engage in sexual activity.
Christensen traveled to an undisclosed location in Howard County for the encounter. At 8:30 p.m. that night, Christensen was placed under arrest and taken to the Howard County Detention Center.
Investigators from the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit and state troopers from the Field Operations Bureau conducted the covert operations. Assistance was provided by the personnel from Homeland Security Investigations.