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Adam V. Slatniske
Adam V. Slatniske (Carroll County Sheriffs Office / HANDOUT)

A Sykesville man faces 10 charges for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, as well as accessing the images from his place of employment at Parkville Family Dentistry in Baltimore County, police say.

Adam V. Slatniske, 28, of the 5400 block of Mineral Hill Road, was charged with five counts of promoting/distributing child pornography and five counts of possessing child pornography, according to online court records. Slatniske was originally being held without bond, but was released on $20,000 bond Tuesday after an 11 a.m. bail review, online court records show.

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Slatniske had been listed as a dentist on Parkville Family Dentistry’s website, which has since removed his biography page. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office also described Slatniske as a dentist.

Slatniske is no longer employed at the practice, said Dr. James Kokorelis, the owner of Parkville Family Dentistry.

“We take these allegations very seriously and had no knowledge of this condemnatory behavior,” Kokorelis said. “We want our patients to know that we value them and their dental health above all else. We look forward to welcoming a new outstanding dentist to our practice very soon.”

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation was sparked by a tip made to the CyberTip Line of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Slatniske possessed and shared multiple images of child pornography through an online social network, the sheriff’s office stated in a news release.

According to the statement of probable cause, the sheriff’s office received the tip Oct. 18, which the social network MeWe reported Sept. 10 to the national center, which works to prevent child abuse of all kinds.

The person reported by MeWe had the username of Hank Dennings, with an email address that included Slatniske’s first initial and surname, according to the statement. MeWe provided three images from the account, and the CyberTip contained the phrase, “reporting sample 3 of 352,” leading police to believe there were 349 additional images associated with the account, the statement reads.

Police obtained the IP address from which the images were uploaded and subpoenaed Comcast on Oct. 21 for the subscriber information, according to the statement. Comcast replied Oct. 22 and provided Slatniske’s name, address, phone number and email, the statement reads.

Police used a law enforcement database to search the phone number listed on the MeWe account, and the results showed it belonged to Slatniske’s Verizon account, the statement reads. Slatniske’s home address also was found through the state Motor Vehicle Administration, according to the statement.

A search warrant submitted Oct. 25 gave police access to the MeWe account, where police found images, videos and chat messages, according to the statement. Messages included such phrases as “want to trade,” “please share” and statements that the user likes “younger girls,” the statement reads.

The child pornography files police found linked to the MeWe account included videos depicting prepubescent female children engaged in sexual acts, including a 12-year-old, according to the statement.

Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s Maryland Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force executed a search warrant at Slatniske’s home Monday and seized several electronic items, which will be examined, the statement reads.

Police asked Slatniske at his home why he was interested in images of children, to which Slatniske replied, “Mainly because people say I can’t, so it piqued my interest,” according to the statement.

Police said Slatniske was “hesitant” to identify the age of a child in one of the images, but “admitted to having knowledge of children’s approximate age due to working with children and his education,” the statement reads. Slatniske said he had seen children ranging from 11 to 14 years old and it was “possible” he’d seen 9- to 10-year-olds, according to the statement.

Slatniske admitted to accessing the MeWe account while at work, the statement reads.

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Slatniske was arrested at his home Monday morning by detectives with the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigations Center, with assistance from members of the FBI task force, according to the release.

The incident remains under investigation, though there currently is no indication Slatniske was producing child pornography, the release states.

A call to the phone number listed for Slatniske in court records seeking comment was not returned. No attorney information was listed for Slatniske in online court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. J. Moore at 410-386-3642 or jmoore@carrollcountymd.gov.

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