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May 24, 2011

Lawyer pleads guilty to child porn charges

An attorney from Rodgers Forge pleaded guilty today to child pornography charges and will be sentenced to 24 to 37 months in federal prison, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office has announced.

I had written about Joseph Patrick Redd in April after neighbors wondered why it took so long between the time the feds raided his house in March 2009 to the filing of criminal charges in April of this year. People wondered if authorities had left a potentially dangerous man in a neighborhood.

The answer was that Redd had been charged with downloading images of child pornography on the Internet, and not interacting with children. His case was deemed a low priority, compared to child predators, and it took a while for his computer and other evidence to be analyzed.

Of course, neighbors couldn't help but wonder why the big show of force and then nothing for more than two years. Here's a statment from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

Patrick Joseph Redd, age 32, of Baltimore, Maryland, an attorney, pleaded guilty today to possession of child pornography.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland  Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

Acording to the plea agreement, the FBI searched Redd’s residence in Baltimore and seized his computer.  A subsequent forensic examination of the computer recovered 11 images documenting the sexual abuse of children, including images depicting children younger than 12 years old.  Redd used commonly used search terms to locate and download child pornography from the internet.

As part of his plea agreement, Redd must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

As part of the plea agreement, Redd and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Redd will be sentenced to between 24 and 37 months in prison followed by supervised release for life.  U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for September 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and the Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul E. Budlow and Bonnie S. Greenberg, who are prosecuting the case.

Posted by Peter Hermann at 11:16 AM | | Comments (0)
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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.



Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.
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