Havre de Grace man pleads guilty to transporting child pornography

In addition to the child pornography plea, Gary Scott Conway previously was convicted of a child sex offense

A Havre de Grace man, who fled Maryland after he was arrested, pleaded guilty Tuesday to transporting child pornography, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Gary Scott Conway, 45, collected child pornography on the Internet, according to his plea agreement. From October 2014 to July 2015, Conway used an Internet chat website to communicate with adults and minor children. Beginning on March 30, 2015, he uploaded child pornography to an Internet-based file storage service, according to a statement of facts Conway agreed to as part of his plea.

On May 29, 2015, representatives from the file storage service notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Conway's account contained at least 35 videos of child pornography, prosecutors said.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office investigated, determined that the files were uploaded from Conway's home in Havre de Grace and executed a search warrant at his residence on July 8, 2015. Investigators seized various digital media, including a desktop computer. Forensic analysis of that computer revealed at least 350 images of child pornography, including depictions of pre-pubescent children engaged in sexual acts, according to the statement of facts.

Conway's Internet file storage service account was examined and found to contain approximately 3,174 unique images and 319 unique videos of child pornography. The videos and images depicted pre pubescent boys and girls engaged in sexual acts with adult men, according to the statement of facts.

On July 14, 2015, Conway took his wife's vehicle and fled Maryland, prosecutors said. Conway had been convicted in 2004 in Harford County Circuit Court of a third-degree sex offense for having sexual contact with a 15-year-old and was sentenced to 10 years in jail, all of which was suspended, according to court records.

When he fled Maryland, Conway failed to notify the Maryland Sex Offender Registration authorities, as required by law, prosecutors said. He traveled to Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, California, Arizona and Idaho.

While in Arizona, Conway stayed at a resort in Sedona for 12 days. During that time, he did not notify the state of Arizona of his sex offender status. Two families complained to local authorities that Conway allegedly made inappropriate sexual advances toward their teenage sons, prosecutors said. After being questioned by Sedona Police, Conway left Sedona before his resort reservation was completed. He traveled to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, and then to Idaho.

Conway stayed in Idaho for more than three weeks, never notifying the state authorities of his sex offender status, prosecutors said. He was arrested in Idaho on Aug. 26, 2015.

Conway admitted that as a medical professional in the Navy, he once sexually assaulted a male patient while the patient was sedated, the U.S, Attorney's office said in a news release announcing the guilty plea.

He also admitted to sexually molesting a severely autistic, non-verbal boy while the victim was 11 to 13 years old; having sexual contact on multiple occasions with an 8-year-old girl; sexually molesting two infants, one of which was the child of a Navy colleague whom he was baby sitting; fondling two boys between the ages of 9 and 10 years old while playing with them in and around a pool; and engaging in sex acts with two different 15-year-old boys whom he met online, the U.S, Attorney's Office said.

As part of his plea agreement, Conway must register as a sex offender in the place where he lives, where he works and where he goes to school, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Conway faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz scheduled sentencing for Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.

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