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District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Parsonsburg Man Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison For Distributing Child Pornography

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Edward James Maycock, Jr., age 28, of Parsonsburg, Maryland, today to 16 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for distribution of child pornography. Judge Russell ordered that upon his release from prison, Maycock 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 William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Wicomico County Sheriff Michael A. Lewis.

According to his plea agreement, on November 8, 2013, Maycock uploaded files containing child pornography to a website.  After linking the IP address used to upload the files to Maycock’s residence, law enforcement executed a search warrant on February 6, 2014 and seized a notebook computer and several external hard drives from Maycock’s home which contained thousands of files depicting children, including prepubescent minors, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Some of the files included images of sadistic and masochistic conduct, or other depictions involving violence.  Maycock actively traded the child pornography files with other individuals via the internet.  The total volume of child pornography from Maycock’s computer and hard drives was roughly the equivalent of 1,000 gigabytes.

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 HSI Baltimore, Maryland State Police and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 1, 2015