Cockeysville man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office is reporting that a Cockeysville man, Leo Aragon Evans, 56, pleaded guilty on Friday, March 9, to producing and possessing child pornography.

The plea was announced by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Rod Rosenstein, along with Chief Jim Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and representatives of the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.


The case stems from Jan. 10, 2011, when a 9-year-old female reported to county police that Evans had repeatedly sexually abused her over the past year, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The office reported that the alleged acts occurred while the victim and another 10-year-old girl were under Evans' care, sometimes at his home.

U.S. Attorney documents state that police searched Evans' residence and seized a video camcorder and two tapes, which depicted images of the 9- and 10-year-old engaged in "sexually explicit conduct."

Documents also state that on Jan. 19, 2011, a woman reported to police that she had used the key she had to Evans' apartment to retrieve personal belongings and discovered two sexual devices that matched a description provided to police by one of the minor victims. The U.S. Attorney's Office also said a family member reported finding photos of children engaged in "sexually explicit conduct."

Officials said investigation revealed Evans had also been the subject of prior investigations involving the abuse of three other minor girls.

Evans reportedly faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years, followed by up to lifetime of supervised release for production of child pornography, and a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography. As part of his plea agreement, Evans must register as a sex offender.

Evans remains detained, and U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander has scheduled sentencing for June 15.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, go to

U.S. Attorney Rosenstein commended the agencies involved for work in this investigation, and specifically cited Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson Mihok, who is prosecuting the case.