“Suspect arrested for possession of child pornography”
Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; March 22, 2023 —- Deputies arrested a Carroll County man on Wednesday after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence of possession of child pornography.
The suspect is identified as Edwin John Calderone III, 40, of Westminster, Maryland. Calderone is charged with six counts of possession of child pornography. Calderon was transported to the Carroll County Detention Center and was held with no bond after his initial appearance with the Commissioner.
Beginning in January 2023, the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center initiated an investigation into the possession of child pornography online after receiving a NCMEC Cybertip. According to a preliminary investigation, investigators obtained media files of child pornography that were uploaded to a cloud-based storage company. Further investigations led to the identification of the suspect in Carroll County.
On Wednesday, members of the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center served a search and seizure warrant at Calderone’s residence. A preliminary forensic review of his electronic devices seized at the scene revealed multiple child pornography files. Calderone was arrested at the scene.
The Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center coordinates with the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This is a combined law enforcement effort involving police departments across Maryland that is made possible in part due to grant funds provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services and 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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