Drayden man sentenced to federal prison


Greenbelt, MD - Don’t think just because you’ve deleted photographs from your cell phone that they’re gone.  A Drayden man who engaged in sexual activity with a minor and possessed photos of that activity was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Wednesday, March 15 by U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus in Greenbelt after federal agents retrieved thumbnails of photographs he had taken of illicit sexual activity with a minor.

Christopher Zane Ordiway, age 43 of Drayden, will face lifetime supervised release for possession of child pornography after he leaves prison.

Ordiway admitted to engaging in sexual activity with a minor victim and possessing photos of that sexually explicit conduct. 

Titus also ordered that, upon his release from prison, Ordiway 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).

The sentence and guilty plea were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Chief Terrence B. Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

According to Ordiway’s plea agreement, from 2012 through 2014, the defendant engaged in sexual activity with a minor female and possessed digital photographs documenting the abuse. The photos were found on Oridway’s cellular telephone Jan. 21, 2016, during a forensic analysis of the phone by an HSI examiner. 

Even though Ordiway had attempted to delete the photographs, the forensic analysis was able to recover thumbnails of the photographs that remained on the phone.

Charges against Ordiway were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore, and the Maryland State Police for their work in the Oridway case; and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph R. Baldwin and Daniel C. Gardner who prosecuted the Ordiway case.

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