Two Hampstead men facing child pornography charges

Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged two Hampstead men with multiple counts of distribution and possession of child pornography as a result of an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation, according to a state police news release.

Tyler Curtis and Matthew Curtis, both 20 and of the 1700 block of Lower Forty Drive, were arrested Wednesday and charged. Tyler Curtis is charged with six counts each of distribution and 10 counts possession of child pornography. Matthew Curtis is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography, according to electronic court records.

Tyler Curtis was held on $20,000 bail, which he posted and was released Wednesday. Matthew Curtis was held on $5,000 bail, which he posted and was released Wednesday.

According to the release, the investigation began in March, when state police investigators assigned to the ICAC task force received a tip about an internet user possessing child pornography. The subsequent investigation led to the identification of the two individuals and a search warrant was served on the suspects' residence in Hampstead where, according to the release, multiple electronics devices were recovered containing images and videos of child pornography.

Ages of the children, both boys and girls, ranged from toddler to 12, according to statements of probable cause in both cases.

Both men waived their Miranda rights and told the investigating trooper there were child pornography files on their computers, according to the statements.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are asking anyone with additional information to contact the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force at 410-953-8200. Callers can remain anonymous.

Tyler Curtis did not return a message seeking comment as of 5:50 p.m.; a phone number was not listed for Matthew Curtis. Matthew Curtis is scheduled to appear in court on June 14. A court date was not listed for Tyler Curtis.

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