A Pasadena man has been charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography after a cloud storage service associated with Verizon alerted authorities, court records show.

The cloud service, Synchronoss Technologies, Inc., posted something on a cyber tip line for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Feb. 13, court records show. Anne Arundel County police got the case on April 24.


A detective got a subpoena for the Verizon telephone number outlined in the online complaint and traced it to 27-year-old Dustin Pfeiffer, of Pasadena, Anne Arundel County police wrote.

Police obtained a warrant to search Pfeiffer’s residence in the 4000 block of Mountain Road and took in as evidence a number of items, including Pfeiffer’s cell phone with the phone number corresponding with the cyber tip, according to charging documents for Pfeiffer.

On the phone, detectives found numerous images of child pornography and erotica, police wrote.

Police arrested Pfeiffer on Friday, according to online court records. He posted a $5,000 unsecured bond the same day and was released from custody. Pfeiffer has been charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography, according to online court records. He has no attorney listed in court records

When detectives questioned Pfeiffer, police wrote, he admitted that the Motorola Z2 belonged to him.

Pfeiffer also confessed to receiving and looking at images of child pornography, though he said the images were sent to him by a girl who lied about her age, according to charging documents.

In charging documents, police described 10 of the files they found on Pfeiffer’s phone, which they said in some cases depicted girls younger than 10 years old.