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Essex Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Production of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Foster William Dove III, age 39, of Essex, Maryland, today to 50 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release for production of child pornography. Judge Quarles ordered that upon his release from prison, Dove 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 Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

According to court documents and statements made at today’s hearing, on August 18, 2013, Dove distributed a video depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct to an undercover officer using a file sharing program. A search warrant was subsequently executed at Dove’s residence and law enforcement recovered images and videos documenting Dove’s sexual abuse of two minor boys. Investigation also revealed that Dove had secretly videotaped approximately 17 additional minor males engaging in sexually explicit conduct through a hidden camera in his bathroom. Dove has been detained since his arrest on September 16, 2013.

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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, HSI-Baltimore, Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 27, 2015