Maryland State Police Beat / Secret Service Employee Jeffrey Litteral charged with distribution of child porn

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Maryland State Police Beat / Secret Service Employee Jeffrey Litteral charged with distribution of child porn

DENTON, MD – Maryland State Police reports that investigators have arrested a Caroline County man after an investigation culminated on March 7, 2018, with criminal charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Jeffrey Litteral, 52, of Denton Md., charged with child pornography distribution MSP.

Police say that the suspect was identified as Jeffrey Litteral, 52, of 329 Market Street, Denton, Md.  He is charged with possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, possession of obscene material, and distribution of obscene material.  Litteral was arrested on a warrant at about 7:30 p.m. yesterday near his home.  He was taken before a court commissioner for an initial appearance and was held without bond. On March 8, 2018, Litteral was released from jail on his own recognizance. A public defender eligibility certificate was issued which will allow him to have a free taxpayer-provided attorney.

The investigation began in 2017 when a Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigator received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about possible child pornography being uploaded on the internet.  The investigator confirmed the material was child pornography and initiated an investigation.

The Secret Service acknowledged the investigation and the arrest and reported that all clearances have been revoked, all equipment has been recovered and Litteral has been placed on administrative leave.

 

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The investigation led to the identity of the Jeffrey Litteral and the development of evidence that enabled investigators to obtain an arrest warrant charging him with the crimes listed above.  A search warrant for his residence was served at his home subsequent to his arrest last night.  Investigators recovered electronic equipment that will be forensically examined.

The Secret Service acknowledged the investigation and the arrest and reported that all clearances have been revoked, all equipment has been recovered and Litteral has been placed on administrative leave.

During the investigation, it was learned Litteral was employed by the United States Secret Service.  Officials there were notified and assisted Maryland State Police during the investigation and arrest.  Assistance was also provided by the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The United States Secret Service issued the following statement:

The Secret Service is aware of the allegations resulting in the arrest of an employee. We take allegations of potential criminal activity seriously. The employee’s security clearance has been suspended and the employee has been placed on administrative leave. All Secret Service issued equipment has been retrieved and the employee’s access to all Secret Service facilities is terminated.

These allegations, if proven true, are intolerable and are condemned by the Secret Service. Our agency has a longstanding partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that dates back to 1994. As part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the Secret Service provides forensic and technical assistance in cases involving missing and exploited children.

The Secret Service offers assistance to federal, state, local law enforcement agencies, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to aid in their investigations.

In addition, the U. S. Secret Service Forensic Services Division (FSD), created the Forensic Investigative Response and Support Team (FIRST) to provide forensic support to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), local and State law enforcement officials. Officials from our agency assisted the Maryland State Police during this investigation and arrest and will continue to do so.”

The Maryland State Police stated that additional charges are possible.

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