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Westminster man facing child abuse charges indicted on federal child pornography, possession charges

Eric Wayne Grinder
Eric Wayne Grinder (Submitted photo/HANDOUT)

A Westminster man, already facing child sexual abuse charges in Carroll County, has been federally indicted for allegedly producing and possessing child pornography.

A federal grand jury indicted Eric Wayne Grinder, 36, with three counts of production of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography on Wednesday, according to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office in Baltimore.

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According to the indictment, from June 2013 through August 2016, Grinder allegedly sexually abused a now 10-year-old child, and produced images of himself and the minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Grinder used electronic communications devices to store and obtain visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the release.

Eric Wayne Grinder, 36, of the 200 block of Montpelier Court, was charged with one count each of sexual abuse of a minor, continued course of conduct of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance to another and possession of child pornography. He was held without bail Tuesday, which remained unchanged after a Wednesday bail review, according to electronic court records.

Grinder faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for each count of production of child pornography and a maximum of 20 years in prison for each count of possession of child pornography, according to the release. An initial appearance has been scheduled in U.S. District Court in Baltimore for May 4.

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Grinder was arrested last month in Carroll County on child sexual abuse charges. In that case, he has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, continued course of conduct of sexual abuse of a minor, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance to another and two counts of possession of child pornography, according to electronic court records.

He has been held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center since his arrest.

Grinder has a criminal court trial scheduled for 4:15 p.m. June 1 in Carroll County Circuit Court for child sexual abuse and related charges, according to electronic court records.

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