Essex sex offender sentenced to more than 12 years in prison

Arrested HandcuffsA U.S. District Judge on Thursday sentenced Raymond Kilchenstein, 53, formerly of Essex, to 150 months in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for transportation of child pornography.

The judge further ordered that, upon his release from prison, Kilchenstein must continue to register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

According to the his plea agreement, in 1997, while Kilchenstein was serving in the U.S. Air Force, he pleaded guilty to repeatedly sexually abusing a minor female for four years, beginning when the child was four years old. He also acknowledged fondling a second minor female, who was 10 years old at the time of the abuse. Kilchenstein was sentenced to 10 years of confinement and dishonorably discharged from the Air Force. He was released on May 2, 2003 and has been a registered sex offender since that time.

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Kilchenstein admitted that, beginning in 2015, he traded child pornography in three ways: by using a foreign website that facilitates sharing images and videos; through several e-mail addresses; and by utilizing an instant-messaging app for mobile devices that allows users to share photos, videos, and other content. A search warrant executed at Kilchenstein’s home on February 10, 2017, recovered digital storage media, including three thumb drives, a laptop, and a hard drive. Subsequent forensic analysis of the media recovered over 20,000 images and 665 videos of child pornography, including over 275 identified child pornography series. Kilchenstein has been ordered to pay $13,000 in restitution to the identified victims in those series. The images and videos also included prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.


S. Dallas Dance sentenced to six months in jail

Dallas DanceState Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced on Friday morning that S. Dallas Dance, former superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, had been sentenced after pleading guilty in March to four counts of perjury arising from false filings of his Financial Disclosure Statements for 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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Judge Kathleen G. Cox imposed a sentence of 5 years, and  suspended all but 6 months.

That time period will be followed by a period of 2 years supervised probation, upon which Dance will be required to complete 700 hours of community service.

He has a turn-in date of Friday, April 27, 2018.


Essex man sentenced in identity theft case

Arrested HandcuffsOn Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Robin Summers-Grace, 50, of Baltimore, to 42 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Summers-Grace’s co-conspirator, Joseph Pauling, 40, of Essex, was sentenced to 6 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. Judge Hollander ordered both defendants to pay more than $139,000 in restitution.

According to both plea agreements, beginning September 1, 2015 and continuing through June 30, 2016, Pauling and Summers-Grace defrauded banks and retailers by opening up fraudulent lines of credit in the names of other individuals.

Pauling would obtain the personal identifying information, including social security numbers, addresses, and names of actual individuals. Pauling would use this information to produce false identification, including counterfeit driver’s licenses, with the picture of Summers-Grace. Pauling also used special electronic equipment to create fraudulent credit cards under names matching the driver’s license.

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According to court documents, Pauling provided the false identification as well as the credit histories of the individuals to Summers-Grace. Pauling and Summers-Grace would travel to retailers throughout Maryland, as well as other states, and Summers-Grace would apply for a store credit card using the false information provided by Pauling, and then would purchase the items. Pauling would sell the stolen items to “customers” on the street. On many occasions, Pauling would take “orders” from individuals for particular items in advance of the thefts.

The items stolen and sold in the course of the scheme included iPhones, iPads, flat-screen televisions, laptop computers, kitchen ovens, refrigerators, washer/dryer units, wood flooring, furniture, shoes, handbags, and designer watches.

In the course of the scheme, Pauling and Summers-Grace possessed the personal identifying information of over 200 real individuals, and defrauded dozens of banks and numerous retailers. The total intended loss amount from the scheme exceeded $250,000.


Nottingham man sentenced to prison on child pornography charges

Arrested HandcuffsA Nottingham man has been sentenced to prison on child pornography charges.

Allen D. Isner, 52, was sentenced to four years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release earlier this month.  Isner pled guilty to possession of child pornography.

The judge in the case ordered that, upon his release from prison, Isner must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides and where he is an employee under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

According to the plea agreement, on July 24 – 25, 2014, undercover detectives downloaded child pornography videos that were made publicly available over a peer-to-peer file sharing network by a user later determined to be connecting to the internet from Isner’s residence in the 4200 block of Darnall Road.

Upon executing a search warrant at the home, investigators searched two of Isner’s computers and located hundreds of videos and images of children being made to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

Isner admitted to investigators that he searched for and obtained pornography depicting preteen children on the internet. He also admitted to trying to delete the material and using special software in an attempt to conceal his conduct.

 

Former VP of Md. bank sentenced to 3 years in prison

Arrested HandcuffsA Nottingham woman was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday in connection with wire fraud and bank embezzlement charges.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Melissa Strohman, 54, to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a six-year scheme to steal over $1.8 million from bank customers at Hopkins Federal Savings Bank, where she worked as the Senior Vice President and Bank Secrecy Act Officer. Judge Bennett also ordered Strohman to pay restitution in the amount of $1,611,108.73.

According to her plea agreement, from April 2010 through July 2016, Strohman as the Senior Vice President at Hopkins Federal, which had branches in Pikesville and Highlandtown, was responsible for managing the bank’s savings department, including overseeing deposits and Individual Retirement Accounts for customers. As the bank’s Bank Secrecy Officer, Strohman was also responsible for filing Currency Transaction Reports and Suspicious Activity Reports for any transactions that were deemed to be suspicious or potentially illegal.

Strohman admitted that she used her position of trust at the bank to cause more than 200 unauthorized transfers and withdrawals of funds from six customers’ bank accounts to pay for mortgages, credit card bills and property tax bills associated with Strohman and her family members. Three of the six victims were at least 80 years old, and for two of the accounts the customers were deceased.

In one instance, Strohman used her supervisory override function on the bank’s electronic banking system to facilitate unauthorized transfers between the victim customers’ accounts to accounts associated with Strohman; forged the signature of one victim customer in order to complete an unauthorized transaction from that person’s bank account to an American Express account associated with Strohman; and caused unauthorized transfers of funds between the victim customers’ accounts to replace the money Strohman stole and to conceal the thefts.

Strohman had pleaded guilty to the charges back in January.