Family, Police/Fire, Sci-Tech

Maryland State Police warn public of online scam involving sexual extortion of minors

EASTON, MD—Maryland State Police are reminding parents of online safety and to be aware of online scams involving the sexual extortion of minors. Authorities say they have received numerous reports of minors being contacted by other social media users who begin chatting with them via messaging services such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Social media platforms may provide users the …


Crime, Police/Fire

Texas man sentenced to 18 months in prison for cyberstalking, swatting Baltimore County woman

BALTIMORE, MD—A Texas man has been sentenced to prison for cyberstalking and “swatting” a Baltimore County woman. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has sentenced Desmond Babloo Singh, 20, of Temple, Texas, to 18 months in federal prison, followed by one year of home detention as part of three years of supervised release, for two counts of cyberstalking. The sentence …


Attorney General Frosh joins multistate coalition in fight to end Facebook’s monopoly

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in continuing to fight to “end Facebook’s illegal efforts to stifle competition and protect its monopoly power,” according to an official press release. This week, the coalition filed an appeal brief arguing that the district court’s ruling dismissing the states’ case was in …

Texas man pleads guilty to cyberstalking, swatting Baltimore County woman

UPDATE: Singh has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A Texas man faces up to ten years in prison after cyberstalking and “swatting” a Baltimore County woman. Desmond Babloo Singh, 20, of Temple, Texas, pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of cyberstalking. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the …

Baltimore County Public Schools: TikTok school shooting threat ‘not credible’

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools issued an alert on Thursday regarding a nationwide school shooting threat that was posted to social media. The alert reads as follows: “BCPS has been made aware of an anonymous threat posted on TikTok targeting all schools in the United States. The post alleges that there are planned school shootings that will take place on …

Bipartisan coalition of attorneys general express support for congressional hearings addressing youth social media use

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 attorneys general expressing strong support for the hearings being conducted by the U.S. Senate Committee addressing protection and safety of kids and teens using social media. Attorneys general have been watchful and concerned over the impacts of social media on youth. Those concerns have grown …

Baltimore County Public Schools invites students, staff to join in #Back2BCPS campaign

TOWSON, MD—Time to flip through those photo albums! Baltimore County Public Schools is asking all former and current students and staff to share photos of their favorite moments in its schools. From Sunday, August 15 through Sunday, August 29, Team BCPS stakeholders are asked to post the photos on social media using hashtag #Back2BCPS and include messages about their favorite …