Crime, Police/Fire

Nottingham hospital employee sentenced to 18 years in prison for producing exploitative images of unconscious minor patient

BALTIMORE, MD—A Nottingham man has been sentenced to prison for production of child pornography involving an underage female patient who was unconscious at the time. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Donald Benson, 42, of Nottingham, to 18 years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for production of child pornography. Judge Blake also ordered that, …


Crime, Education, Police/Fire

Former Maryland private school employee pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

CROFTON, MD—A Crofton man who used to work at a Maryland private school has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. Jay Gordon, 55, of Crofton, this week pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Gordon was identified as a suspect in the trafficking of child sexual abuse material (“CSAM”), also called child pornography, during a nationwide investigation involving the receipt …


Nottingham hospital worker pleads guilty to sexually assaulting unconscious 15-year-old female patient

UPDATE: Benson has been sentenced to prison. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A Nottingham man has pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and to assaulting an underage female patient while she was unconscious. The plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Acting Special Agent in Charge Selwyn Smith of Homeland Security …

Questions arise after controversial ‘Gender Queer’ book surfaces at Perry Hall High School library

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Community members are asking questions after a student at Perry Hall High School was recently able to check out a controversial book. The White Marsh Cowenton Community Association reports that the student was able to check out a book from the school library entitled, “Gender Queer.” The book has recently been the subject of controversy in neighboring Virginia, as …

Canadian man charged with production of child pornography involving Maryland minor, 4 others

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Muhammad Luqman Rana, 32, of City of Vaughan, Ontario, for the federal charges of production of child pornography and extortion by threat to injure the reputation of another. The indictment was returned on December 11, 2019 and unsealed on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 upon his extradition from Canada. The indictment …

Towson University police officer from Essex arrested on child pornography charges

ESSEX, MD—A Corporal with the Towson University Police Department was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of distributing/promoting child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The officer has been identified as Peter Publico, 53, of the unit block of Lindsey Court in Essex (21221). The investigation began after police discovered that, in February, Publico electronically distributed …

Carney man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

UPDATE: Mannion has been sentenced to more than 33 years in prison. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County correctional officer from Carney pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Monday. Thomas Michael Mannion Jr., 46, of Carney, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of production of child pornography and admitted to engaging in sexually explicit conduct …

Kingsville man sentenced to 27 years in prison on child pornography charges

A judge on Monday sentenced a Kingsville man to more than two decades in prison in connection with child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Keith Edward Taylor, 33, to 27 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for production of child pornography.  Upon his release from prison, Taylor will be required to register as a sex offender …