Two Maryland Men Sentenced to 10 Years on Child Pornography Charges
Third Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography
Baltimore, Maryland - In separate cases today U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Roy Edward Hoover, Jr., age 37, of Baltimore and John Ewing Baugus, age 62, of Odenton, Maryland to 10 years in prison each, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Hoover was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography, and Baugus was convicted of possession of child pornography. Judge Davis also ordered that each man will be required to register as a sex offender.
According to Hoover’s guilty plea, between September 2004 and May 2007, Hoover sexually assaulted a minor female victim, beginning when she was approximately 14 years old. Hoover took digital photographs of the assaults which he then downloaded to his computer. The assaults took place at Hoover’s home, when the victim was in his care.
According to Baugus’ guilty plea, on January 25, 2007, law enforcement officials received information that Baugus was in possession of child pornography at his home. After investigating the information, a search warrant was executed at Baugus’ home on February 13, 2007. Agents recovered over 600 images of child pornography from the computer and computer media utilized by Baugus, including images of prepubescent children involved in sexual activity and child pornography images which involved sadistic or masochistic conduct. Baugus was previously convicted of possession of child pornography in 1998 and in 2004 in Anne Arundel County.
In another case, Stanley Patrick Demoulin, age 45, of Odenton, Maryland, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. According to the plea agreement, from November 13, 2006 through January 17, 2007, Demoulin purchased access to websites advertising child pornography and downloaded images of child pornography to his computer. A search warrant was executed at his home on October 17, 2007. A subsequent forensic examination of his computer and removable media seized during the search revealed over 600 images of child pornography, including depictions of prepubescent minors engaging in sexual activity. Demoulin admitted that he received all of his child pornography through the Internet and that he knew that it was illegal to possess child pornography.
DeMoulin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison for receipt of child pornography. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for August 28, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.
These cases were 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 www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its investigative work in the Hoover and Baugus cases and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for its investigation in the DeMoulin case. Mr. Rosenstein also expressed appreciation to the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger and his office for their assistance in the Hoover case and to the Maryland State Police for its work in the Baugus case. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting these cases.