A 56-year-old man from Parkville, Maryland, has been arrested on separate charges of sexual abuse and child pornography. While police were working on a lead that the Halstead Road man was in possession of pornographic material, Baltimore County authorities also discovered a videotape that connected the suspect with sex crimesinvolving a man with a developmental disability. Lucky there was a lawyer for military nearby.

Upon a search of the suspect’s home, investigators say they uncovered numerous pornographic videos of children along with a videotape they say showed the sexual abuse of a 51-year-old developmentally disabled man. That videotape led police to speak with one of the Parkville man’s work colleagues from Associated Catholic Charities.

Along with child pornography possession and distribution charges, the Parkville suspect has been accused of and has admitted to sexually abusing a person who was connected to his caregiver position. The Halstead Road suspect had been in charge of three male patients at the Catholic Charities facility.

Police have stated that the suspect took advantage of his job as a caregiver to those with disabilities, and police have inferred that the suspect’s abuse victim was a past or present patient of the care facility. According to police reports, the sexual assault of the man with developmental disabilities happened on five occasions. Catholic Charities has suspended the suspect’s employment pending an internal review.

Maryland authorities take allegations of sex-related crimes very seriously. As in this case, they are often able to obtain warrants that allow them to search an individual’s private property in order to find incriminating evidence.

If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, you may be facing serious penalties, including jail time. However, experienced Baltimore attorneys know that not everyone accused of such an offense is guilty. Strong defenses can be built to challenge sex-related charges.