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STATE NEWS: MSP arrests man on child pornography charges

MIDLAND, MD – An Allegany man was arrested and charged early this morning after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of distribution and possession of child pornography.

The suspect is identified as Christopher John Kenney, 27, of Midland, Maryland. He is charged with six counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of distribution of child pornography. Kenney was arrested at his residence today without incident and is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center without bail.

In May of 2019, the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force began an online investigation for offenders sharing files of child pornography. The Maryland State Police ICAC Task Force conducted an investigation, which led to Kenney’s residence.

At about 5:10 a.m. today, the Maryland State Police served a search warrant at the identified residence. A preliminary forensic review of Kenney’s electronic devices revealed multiple child pornography files. Kenney was arrested at his residence without incident. Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack and Homeland Security Investigations assisted in this investigation.

The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit coordinates the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Task force investigators focus on identifying those involved in child pornography via the Internet and other related crimes that victimize children.

This task force is a combined law enforcement effort involving police departments across Maryland, made possible in part due to grant funds provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) and by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention funded this project under sub award #ICAC-2019-001

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