Sixty year old man arrested on Child Porn charges

(HARWOOD, Md.) – An Anne Arundel County man was arrested and charged 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, John P. Dillon, 60, of Harwood, Md., a registered sex offender, is charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography, three counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of illegal possession of a firearm and one count of illegal possession of ammunition.  Dillon was arrested at his residence without incident at approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning. He was taken before a court commissioner and was held without bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

In February 2018, the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reporting the distribution of child pornography from a specific internet address.  The Maryland State Police ICAC Task Force began an investigation, which led to Dillon’s residence.

This morning, the Maryland State Police served a search warrant at the identified residence accompanied by law enforcement personnel from Homeland Security & Investigations.  A preliminary forensic review of Dillon’s electronic devices indicated they held child pornography files.

During the warrant service, it was also discovered that Dillon was in illegal possession of multiple firearms and ammunition.  The firearms and ammunition were confiscated. Various electronic devices were seized from the residence as well and will be analyzed further as the investigation continues.  Dillon was arrested at his residence without incident.

The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit coordinates the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  This is a combined law enforcement effort involving police departments across Maryland that is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  Task force investigators focus on identifying those involved in child pornography via the Internet and other related crimes that victimize children.

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