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EX-SCHOOLS OFFICER CONVICTED IN CHILD PORN CASE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A former officer with the Baltimore schools police force faces up to six years in prison when he is sentenced in January for possession of child pornography.

Brian Warren Eberhardt, 37, was convicted Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court of three counts after a three-day trial before Judge H. Patrick Stringer Jr., who will sentence him on Jan. 19. Eberhardt remains free in lieu of bail.

A statement from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office said police were alerted after a computer that had been pawned by Eberhardt's girlfriend was found to contain child pornography. A subsequent seizure of another computer owned by Eberhardt revealed additional photos and videos containing pornography involving children.

A spokeswoman for the city schools, Edie House-Foster, said Tuesday that Eberhardt began working for the district on Jan. 18, 2005, and that he was on administrative leave without pay following his conviction.

"In the next couple of days, we will be following the appropriate personnel protocols," House-Foster said, an indication that Eberhardt faces imminent dismissal.

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