GREENBELT, Md. - A Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy has been charged federally with possession of child pornography.
Officials are working closely with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and United States federal prosecutors in reference to the arrest of Alexander C. Sullivan, 37, who was charged on November 21.
The arrest is the result of an investigation that was initiated by Charles County Sheriff’s detectives who were alerted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Internet Crimes Against Children program regarding someone uploading child pornography to a cell phone number based in Charles County.
Investigators assigned to the case recognized the name of the person affiliated with the phone number as a fellow officer. On November 17, a state search warrant for Sullivan and his telephone was executed in Charles County. Sullivan was immediately placed on unpaid leave and brought in for questioning.
After reviewing materials on his phone officials found more than 200 images and five videos containing child pornography. If convicted, Sullivan could face up to 20 years in prison. On Tuesday he was released to home detention and has been ordered to stay away from children and not to use a computer.
Sullivan has been with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.