Cockeysville Man Facing Federal Indictment for Production and Receipt of Child Pornography and for Cyberstalking
Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury returned an indictment late on January 24, 2017, charging Kevin Graham Conlon, age 30, of Cockeysville, Maryland, with: production of child pornography; receipt of child pornography; and cyberstalking.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to the indictment and court documents Conlon posed as an 18-year-old woman to obtain photos and videos of a minor victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Further, the indictment alleges that from April 13, 2016 through January 6, 2017, Conlon used electronic communication, including the internet and Facebook, to intentionally injure, harass, and cause substantial emotional distress to the victim and the victim’s family. Court documents allege that Conlon opened several Facebook profiles in the victim’s name, without her permission. These unauthorized accounts “friended” many of the victim’s friends and sent them the sexually explicit photos of the victim.
If convicted, Conlon faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison for production of child pornography; a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years in prison for receipt of child pornography; and five years in prison for cyberstalking. Conlon is detained.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who is prosecuting the federal case.