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Union Bridge man charged with possessing, distributing child pornography

A Union Bridge man was arrested after police say they found evidence that he possessed and distributed child pornography following a tip from a social network.

Larry Laval Butler Jr., 41, of the 300 block of Shriner Alley, is facing two charges of distributing child pornography, a felony, and two charges of possessing child pornography. Electronic court records state Butler was initially held without bond after his Dec. 29 arrest, but was later released on recognizance.

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Tumblr reported to law enforcement that a user uploaded an image of child pornography Aug. 24 and provided police with the suspect’s information, according to charging documents. Subpoenas were sent to Comcast and Google to reveal the defendant’s identity, allegedly Butler.

According to charging documents, investigation of Butler’s files in a directory provided by Tumbler, showed he uploaded 491 videos and images on Tumblr that contained numerous pictures of adults but 140 pictures of children, some in various stages of undress. Charging documents state five additional files were found of child pornography including the initial image Tumblr reported. Police said a message log was found which showed a child pornographic picture was distributed from the defendant’s account.

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A search warrant was obtained and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office personnel and the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce searched Butler’s residence Dec. 29. According to charging documents, Butler spoke with police and admitted to both having the Tumblr account and distributing the files.

Butler was released from jail Jan. 4, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 5. The defendant could not be reached for comment after the phone number listed on charging papers went to voicemail.

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