Maryland man arrested after discovery of 25,000 images of child pornography on his computer

David Esmond

SYKESVILLE, Md – A Carroll County man, 19 year old David A. Esmond, of Sykesville, is arrested and charged with the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Esmond is charged with one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography.  Subsequent to his arrest, Esmond was transported to the Carroll County Central Booking Center for processing and to await an initial appearance before a court commissioner.In April 2016, a member of the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit was conducting an on-line investigation involving the distribution and possession of child pornography.  The investigator downloaded child pornography that was distributed from a specific Internet address.

Further investigation led to the identification of the Internet address.  Troopers obtained a search warrant for Esmond’s residence and served the warrant Monday morning.

A preliminary forensic review of the Esmond’s computer indicated it held as many as 25,000 image and/or video files of child pornography.  The investigation is continuing.