A Manchester Valley High School student in late September reported to school administration that an unknown individual, claiming to be a fellow local student, had been contacting her via Snapchat, requesting that she send him photos of herself, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. “It was smart and brave of her to do,” Sheriff Jim DeWees told us. Indeed it was. After that, administrators involved Deputy Kyle Barget, the on-duty school resource officer, who determined several students from county schools had received similar messages and requests. Det. Jill Bankard of the Carroll County Child Advocacy and Investigation Center identified the owner of the Snapchat account sending the messages, and traced the account to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office then contacted Wisconsin authorities who continued the investigation. On Oct. 25, a search warrant was executed on the Wisconsin home of David D. Drummond, 35, who is a registered sex offender. Drummond is charged in Wisconsin with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of solicitation of child pornography from juveniles from Maryland and one count of violating the terms of sex offender registration, according to the Sheriff’s Office. This is the world we live in, where a middle-aged man half a country away can easily contact a teenager claiming to be a fellow student and making lewd requests. And this is exactly the way the situation should be handled. Kudos to all involved in making sure this offender is no longer hiding behind a fake social media identity, but, rather, behind bars.