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Washington County man charged with possession, distribution of child pornography

June 20, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Washington County man was indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury on charges including the production of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.

Kenneth E. Norris, 52, also is charged with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to the indictment handed down June 9.

Norris lives in Clear Spring, said Vickie LeDuc, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein’s office.

Norris was ordered detained on June 16, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner, LeDuc said. Norris is being held at a federal facility and is appealing his detention to a U.S. District Court judge, she said.

The indictment accuses Norris of producing video files depicting two minor females engaging in “sexually explicit conduct.” The files were produced about August 2010, the indictment said.

The distribution charge accuses Norris of knowingly distributing “visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct” and listed titles to five files. The titles of the files list ages for the children ranging from a 3-year-old boy to an 11-year-old girl, the indictment said.

The distribution of the files occurred between Jan. 1 and March 3, 2010, the indictment said.

The possession charge listed titles to four files that also claim to depict children as young as 3 years old, the indictment said. The possession charge indicates the materials were in Norris’ possession from an unknown date until Sept. 23, 2010.

Dozens of pieces of computer hardware and software were seized from Norris by the FBI, the indictment said.

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