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Hampstead man gets 10 years for child porn

A Hampstead man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography.

Michael Eugene Aldridge, 42, pleaded guilty to the charges in May in federal court in Baltimore. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Garbis sentenced Aldridge to serve 10 years in prison followed by lifetime supervised release. Aldridge must also register as a sex offender upon his release, in accordance with federal law.

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On June 26, 2014, Aldridge's home was searched, and he admitted to viewing and distributing child pornography, according to a news release by from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore, and a search of Aldridge's email account and cellphone found a total of 17 child pornography images.

Aldridge covertly took videos of underage female victims, including while they were undressed, to produce child pornography, according to his plea agreement. Aldridge then distributed the videos to others to encourage those individuals to produce child pornography, and exchange images and videos with Aldridge, according to the plea.

Aldridge served 30 days in jail in 2002 after being convicted in Carroll County District Court of Peeping Tom charges, according to electronic court files.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police assisted in the investigation of Aldridge.

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