(Baltimore, MD) - The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested a Baltimore County man this morning in connection with the possession of child pornography.
The accused is identified as Richard L. T. Loftice, 54, of the 800-block-of Jaydee Avenue, Dundalk, Maryland. He is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography. If convicted, Loftice could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section assisted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents with a search warrant related to the possession and distribution of child pornography during July 2013. A forensic analysis of computers seized from the residence revealed evidence of child pornography, which led to the charges being filed.
Troopers assigned to the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested Loftice this morning. Loftice is being held pending an appearance before a Baltimore County Court commissioner for a bond hearing.
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.