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UMBC student arrested on campus on charges of soliciting minors on Snapchat

Jake Tyler Patterson, 21, was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from minors through Snapchat, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.
Jake Tyler Patterson, 21, was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from minors through Snapchat, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said. (Frederick County Sheriff's Office)

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, after soliciting sex from minors through a mobile app, according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Jake Tyler Patterson, a UMBC student from Adamstown in Frederick County, was arrested Friday following a child pornography investigation that began in August, according the sheriff’s office. The agency began investigating after being notified about a man sexually soliciting minors through Snapchat.

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A Harford County man was arrested and charged Tiuesday after a Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Patterson was arrested without incident, and he confessed during an interview, according to the sheriff’s office.

He is charged with four child pornography counts, according to online court records.

Patterson is being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. A bail review hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in Frederick County District Court.

A 33-year-old Catonsville man pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography on public library computers.

An attorney for Patterson was not listed Monday in online court records.

A UMBC spokeswoman said Patterson was a student as of Friday, but it was unclear whether the university had taken any disciplinary action against him since then.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and police from Baltimore County and UMBC assisted in the arrest.

The case remains under investigation.

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