Cockeysville Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Production Of Child Pornography And Cyberstalking
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact ELIZABETH MORSE
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Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Kevin Graham Conlon, age 30, of Cockeysville, Maryland, to 20 years in prison followed by 25 years of supervised release for the production of child pornography and cyberstalking. Judge Motz ordered that, upon his release from prison, Conlon 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 Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Terrence B. Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, between 2014 and January 2017, Conlon used online social media accounts pretending to be both a minor female and minor male to induce four minor females and two minor males to take photographs and videos of themselves engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The victims then sent the content to Conlon. Conlon also created fictitious accounts using the identities of some of the victims, and distributed the child pornography he induced them to create to others, in order to entice the others to produce and send him sexually explicit images and videos. When the victims stopped complying with Conlon’s demands to produce and send images, Conlon sent the explicit files to the victim’s families and friends. Conlon also repeatedly created additional online accounts to contact the victims and their families, with the intent to cause the victims and their families substantial emotional distress.
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.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the federal case.