Maryland State Police Beat / Alexander Cowell charged with child porn

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Maryland State Police Beat / Alexander Cowell charged with child porn

Alexander Cowell of Greensboro, Md. charged with child porn May 5, 2017 (2)

GREENSBORO, MD.  – Maryland State Police report that a Caroline County man was arrested and charged May 5, 2017, 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 Alexander Cowell, 30, of 12981 Ridgely Road, Greensboro, Md.  He is charged with twenty counts of possession of child pornography and four counts of distribution of child pornography. Cowell was arrested May 5, 2017, without incident. He is currently waiting to be seen by a Caroline County Court Commissioner.

The investigation began in March 2017 when the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore investigators, assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, were alerted to an individual actively downloading child pornography online. Further investigation led to the identification of a residence and issuance of a search warrant for that location.

Investigation at the scene led to the recovery of computer equipment belonging to Cowell.  A preliminary forensic review at the scene indicated the presence of multiple video files of child pornography.

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.

Cowell waived an attorney at the first court hearing and no attorney is listed in court records as his counsel.

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