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Forest Hill man charged with child pornography counts

Aegis staff report

7:04 PM EST, November 8, 2012

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A Forest Hill man was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with four child pornography counts that resulted from a Maryland State Police investigation conducted in April and May, state police said.

Nicholas Alexander Cukr, 25, of the 2200 block of Issacs Way, is charged with two counts each of promoting/distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to court records.

State police investigator Cpl. Keith Thomas was monitoring file sharing networks on the Internet in April when he came across a man, allegedly Cukr, offering images and videos of suspected child pornography, according to Lt. John Wilhelm of the state police.

The investigator connected to Cukr's computer, downloaded some of the images and traced them back to Cukr, according to Wilhelm.

Police issued a search warrant in May and seized a computer as well as DVDs for analysis. They were subsequently determined to be child pornography that had been procured from another source, Wilhelm said.

"There was no evidence he was harming a live child," Wilhelm said, noting that the case is not alleged to have involved the production of child pornography.

A warrant was issued last week and Cukr was arrested Monday.