Maryland Girl Scouts volunteer charged with possessing, distributing child porn

Maryland State Police have arrested and charged a Girl Scouts troop leader with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Police said Stacy Mizrahi, 45, of Ellicott City, had a computer with multiple images and video files of child pornography, and have charged him with four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Police said Mizrahi works as a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. He is the leader of Troop #715, along with two women. Police do not have information at this time that any crimes have been committed involving the children enrolled with the organization.

Danita Terry, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, said state police notified the organization on Thursday.

“He has been suspended and will not be permitted to serve as a volunteer with GSCM, be in contact with any girls, or participate in any activities associated with GSCM,” Terry said in an email.

She said all girl scout employees and volunteers are required to pass a background check, which Mizrahi did pass when he registered as a troop leader. As policy, she said male volunteers are not permitted to meet with girls without the presence of a female co-leader.

The state police computer crimes unit began investigating Mizrahi when they found an IP address associated with his address. Police obtained a search warrant for the his residence and served the warrant Thursday morning. Mizrahi was taken to Howard County Central Booking Center and later posted bond and was released, according to court records.

He did not have an attorney listed and no one answered at a phone number listed for him.

Anyone with information relevant to the case is asked to call the MDS-Kids hotline at 800-637-5437. Callers may remain anonymous.

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