Former BPD detective from Joppa found guilty in corruption case

Hersl TaylorJurors on Monday evening found former Baltimore Police Department detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor guilty on on racketeering charges in connection with the BPD’s Gun Trace Task Force.

The jury got the case on Thursday and deliberated for a day and a half before returning today’s decision.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Hersl, from Joppa, and Taylor, from Glen Burnie, robbed individuals, dealt drugs, and tried to cover it up.

The 6-count indictment alleged that Hersl and Taylor engaged in 13 robberies, extortion, and time & attendance fraud. According to the indictment, beginning in 2011, the defendants stole money, property, and narcotics by detaining victims, entering residences, conducting traffic stops, and swearing out false search warrant affidavits.

Hersl and Taylor had both pleaded not guilty in the case. Six other former officers have entered guilty pleas, and four testified for the prosecution.

Jurors heard close to three weeks’ worth of testimony in connection with the case.

Both defendants could now face 20 years or more in prison.

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Essex man convicted for receiving and possessing child pornography

GavelAn Essex man will have to register as a sex offender after being convicted for receiving and possessing child pornography.

On Wednesday, a federal jury convicted Carl Javan Ross, 30, of Essex. The verdict was reached 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 a search warrant was executed at Ross’ residence on July 28, 2015, and law enforcement 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, that was 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.

As a result of his conviction, Ross will be required to 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 faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each of the two counts of receipt of child pornography, and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for possession of child pornography, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release.

The judge in the case has not yet set a date for sentencing. Ross was previously convicted in Baltimore County Circuit Court on related sex offense charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced in that case on January 4, 2017. Ross remains detained pending sentencing.


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