(Cecil, MD) Maryland State Police investigators from the Maryland Computer Crimes Section, Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested a Cecil County man on sexual solicitation related felony charges earlier today.
The suspect is identified as Stephen Scott., 28, of the 200 block of West Main Street, Elkton, MD. Scott was arrested without incident. He is charged with sexual solicitation of a law enforcement officer posing as a minor. Upon conviction, Scott faces up to ten years imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines.
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a proactive operation involving the online sexual solicitation of minors. During the covert operation Scott communicated online with an undercover police officer posing as a minor. He made statements expressing a desire to meet the minor and engage in sexual activity.
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Scott traveled to an undisclosed location in Elkton, MD for the encounter. Shortly after 6:30 a.m. during the operation, Scott was arrested without incident and transported and taken before a District Court Commissioner and held pending a bond hearing. Investigators from the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit conducted the covert operation.
The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is organized under the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section. The task force is comprised of police agencies from around the state and 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.
Stephen S. Scott