Maryland State Police have confirmed the arrest of a 21-year-old man accused of distributing child pornography. According to the State Troopers, the suspect was arrested after an extensive investigation into the source of online child pornography. The police work led them to the 21-year-old whose computers, cell phones, CDs, DVDs and other electronic equipment were seized.
This past month local media outlets have been reporting on criminal charges brought against a local political candidate. Michael Hethmon, a 60-year-old Republican from Upper Marlboro, had his career put in jeopardy when he was charged with child molestation. His criminal defense team immediately denied the charges, but the implications were damning.
Prince George's County Criminal Division handles a variety of criminal cases, which fall within its jurisdiction in and around Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Almost all felony charges are heard at the Circuit Court level along with jury trials and appeals from the District Court. The District Court may be charged with handling lesser offenses and misdemeanors.
Law enforcement agents are bound by certain constitutional restrictions. These restrictions go far beyond reading someone their Miranda rights or allowing them to speak with an attorney. One of the most critical restrictions is the requirement that they avoid all unreasonable searches or seizures.
Prince George's County police have arrested two men in connection with an alleged outdoor drug market, known locally as "The Yard." According to reports, authorities raided the secluded compound after receiving tips about drug activity on the premises. Once there, police secured nearly 400 rocks of crack and eight guns. Only two people were arrested for drug possession, although there were approximately 30 others congregating at the premises.