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Undercover police arrest Anne Arundel man on child pornography charges

Robert J. Hudson II. Photo: Maryland State Police
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A Gambrills, Md. man has been charged with distributing child pornography, police say.

Members of the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested Robert J. Hudson II, 24, of the 1000 block of Christmas Lane in Gambrills in Anne Arundel County .

Tuesday, a state trooper assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was conducting an undercover operation on a file sharing network known for distributing child pornography, police say.

The trooper located a suspect computer and was able to download several videos of child pornography.

The trooper also engaged in an online chat with the suspect concerning child pornography. The suspect agreed to meet with the undercover trooper and exchange files of child pornography.

Wednesday, the suspect, later identified as Hudson, met with the undercover trooper at a public library in Crofton and was arrested.

At the same time, other investigators executed a search warrant at Hudson’s Gambrills residence and seized a computer and several items of removable media. The seized equipment will undergo a forensic examination by the State Police Computer Forensics Laboratory.

Hudson is being held on a $275,000 bond. He has been charged with two counts of distributing child pornography. If convicted of the charges, Hudson could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and/or fined up to $50,000.

From the Maryland State Police: The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

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