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Crownsville man pleads guilty to federal charges for possessing over 12,000 images of child pornography

A Crownsville man pleaded guilty to federal charges of child pornography possession Tuesday after Anne Arundel County detectives found more than 12,000 images and videos of child pornography while searching his home in July.

Jared Johnson, 36, admitted in his guilty plea to uploading 2,500 images of child pornography from May to August to an online account associated with his cellphone number and the IP address of his Crownsville home.

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Anne Arundel County detectives searched Johnson’s home on July 24 and found electronic devices submerged in water and hidden in his basement sump pump flood drainage system. Police also searched his cell phone and computer that a forensic analysis reveled contained over 12,000 images and videos of child pornography, including a video nearly 40 minutes long that compiled videos of children engaged in sexual conduct.

A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled yet.

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The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from an unidentified internet cloud storage service provider that Johnson was uploading hundreds of images to his account, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

Acting U.S. States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner said in a statement Johnson’s case is brought as part of “Project Safe Childhood,” an initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the concerning growth of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Johnson’s guilty plea was announced by Lenzner, Anne Colt Leitess, the county state’s attorney, Amal Awad, county police chief and James Mancuso, special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in Baltimore.

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