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Bail set at nearly $1 million for convicted sex offender facing child porn charges

Fifteen counts filed against Brian Keith Netzer of Hagerstown

April 15, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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Bail was set at $950,000 Friday for a convicted sex offender who faces new charges of possession of child pornography.

Brian Keith Netzer, 44, of 100 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, was being held without bond prior to his bail review hearing before Washington County District Judge Dana Moylan Wright.

Fifteen counts of possession of child pornography were filed against him earlier in the week by Maryland State Police.

"The state respectfully requests an extremely high bond," Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen said.

Netzer was found guilty in 2005 of a second-degree sex offense for molesting a girl and was sentenced to 14 years in prison with all but four years suspended, she said.

The conviction required him to register as a sex offender, Hansen said.

The investigation into the child pornography allegations began in May 2010, when state police received several "cyber tips" from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children detailing attempts to transfer child pornographic images from one e-mail account to another, the application for statement of charges said.

Both e-mail accounts had Netzer's name spelled out in the addresses, the charging documents said.

Although Netzer's address is on Potomac Street in the National Sex Registry, the documents said the state police Computer Crimes Unit searched a Little Elliott Drive apartment on May 4, 2010, where Netzer and two other people were found.

Police allege Netzer told them he downloaded pornography to one account and e-mailed it to another, the documents said.

"He advised that over time watching adult pornography is less stimulating to him," the documents said.

Police seized the computer equipment for forensic examination and found 368 images and 39 videos depicting what appeared to be children, teenagers and adults engaged in sexual acts, the documents said.

The results of the forensic examination of the computers took several months to complete, and the results only recently became available to police, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said Friday.

Netzer had been cited for a possible probation violation on the 2005 conviction because of the child pornography investigation, Wilson said.

Netzer had been on pre-hearing release pending the filing of the new charges, he said.

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