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Baltimore Co. man charged in international child porn bust

A 34-year-old man from northern Baltimore County is among 72 people charged this week with participating in an international child pornography ring that federal authorities say traded in tens of thousands of illicit images.

Desmond Meredith, of the 21000 block of York Road in Freeland, faces several charges including sexual exploitation of children and engaging in child pornography. He was indicted by a grand jury in Shreveport, La.

Court documents show the indictment was returned in October and unsealed Wednesday, when law enforcement authorities in Washington announced the investigation, called Operation Delego, and arrests in more than a half-dozen states.

Prosecutors said the suspects were part of a members-only Internet club called Dreamboard, which they said had 600 members around the world. Court documents accused numerous participants of sexually abusing children, saying they produced images and video of the abuse and shared it with other club members.

Meredith was originally indicted in October as John Doe #7, with a Internet name of "Beast." Subsequent court documents, made public on Wednesday, identify him by name. The indictment alleges that June 2009, and February and November 2010, he posted advertisements on Dreamboard offering to distribute computer files containing child pornography.

One file, according to the indictment, was called "Set of pictures labeled BD Young Strawberry," and another was titled "Angelica & Friends."

Baltimore County police in 2004 charged Meredith with several counts of burglary and theft, and he was found not criminally responsible for the crimes. Court records show that he was committed to psychiatric care at Spring Grove Hospital and released in 2005.

Meredith's attorney, Stephen A. Glassell, based in Shreveport, La., did not return calls seeking comment this morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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