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Previously Convicted Cambridge Sex Offender Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography


Also Sexually Abused Two Minor Girls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Shane Stoner, age 29, of Cambridge, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by supervised release for life for possession of child pornography. Judge Nickerson ordered that upon his release from prison, Stoner must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief Kenneth W. Malik of the Cambridge Police Department; and Dorchester County State’s Attorney William H. Jones.

According to the plea agreement, during at least October and November 2009, Stoner engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a 15 year old girl. On November 8, 2009, Stoner took nude photographs of the girl.

Beginning no later than July 2009, and continuing through February 2010, Stoner engaged in sexually explicit conduct with another 15 year old girl and on January 14, 2010, Stoner photographed his sexual abuse of the minor girl.

On February 17, 2010, members of the Cambridge Police Department searched Stoner’s residence in Cambridge, and recovered the photos of the two minor girls from a memory card found in the home.

On May 22, 2002, Stoner pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Dorchester County, Maryland to a fourth degree sex offense and was sentenced the same day to one year in prison, nine months of which were suspended.

Stoner is currently serving a sentence of 20 years in prison, with five years suspended, on related state charges, as well another 4 ½ years for violation of probation on his previous conviction.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Cambridge Police Department and the Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.

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