A Hagerstown man charged with child pornography offenses waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Washington County District Court, according to charging documents.
James Michael Whitacre Jr., 32, of 322 S. Mulberry St. in Hagerstown, was charged in July with owning child pornography depicting minors engaged in sexual acts and possessing child pornography, documents state.
On June 24, Whitacre's brother, who was living with Whitacre, called police and said he believed Whitacre was downloading and viewing child pornography on his computer, documents state. The man said he knew his brother regularly looked at pornography on his computer, documents state.
The day before calling police, Whitacre's brother decided to look at the computer and see what Whitacre was looking at, according to documents. As he began to scroll through the downloaded pornography, he saw a file with a man and what appeared to be a 3-year-old child in a shower, documents state. The man was engaged in sexual activity with the child, documents state.