Former Charles County Public Schools Counselor Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography on the Internet
Greenbelt, Maryland - Frank Corrigan Conahan, age 47, of Waldorf, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Conahan resigned as a behavioral specialist with the Charles County Public Schools at the time the federal indictment was returned on August 4, 2008.
According to his guilty plea, FBI agents identified Conahan as the individual who sent 33 emails containing images of child pornography to a trader of child pornography in Ohio from May to October 2007. Agents searched Conahan’s residence on July 17, 2008 and Conahan admitted that he distributed images of child pornography to AOL users that he met in AOL chat rooms from his computer in the basement. As part of his plea agreement, Conahan admits that he distributed between 10 and 150 images of child pornography to the trader of child pornography in Ohio.
Conohan 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 Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for December 16, 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. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele W. Sartori, who is prosecuting the case.