Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography on the Internet
Child Pornography Collection Included 5,000 Still Images and
Six Movies of Minors One Year Old and Up
Baltimore, Maryland - Charles Christopher Furth, age 46, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to distributing child pornography by computer, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
“We must continue working to help the victims and prosecute the criminals who produce, distribute and collect images of such horrendous child abuse,” stated United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his guilty plea, in March 2006 Furth emailed an undercover U.S. Postal Inspector working in New York that he had a video of an adult male having sex with a very young female child. On March 16 and 17, 2006, Furth emailed this video and another video which also contained bondage and explicit sexual scenes between a minor female under the age of 12 and an adult male. Furth asked the undercover inspector to mail him a videotape of child pornography involving four minors between nine to 11 years old. He mailed a check to the undercover inspector to cover shipping costs. The check contained his name and address.
Agents searched his residence and recovered copies of the videos he had emailed to the undercover agent and numerous other child pornography pictures and movies from Furth’s computer. Furth admitted that he frequents internet chat groups where he has distributed and received child pornography for several years. Furth stated that he has about 5,000 still images of child pornography and six movies of minors from ages one years old and up.
Furth faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years, and a maximum of 20 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for April 25, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley, who is prosecuting the case.