HANOVER, Md. — A 48-year-old former teaching assistant at Ruth Parker Eason School has been arrested on charges of possession of child pornography and promotion/distribution of child pornography.
According to Anne Arundel County Police, on January 9, the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit initiated an investigation in reference to a report of a specific account that was directly associated in uploading child pornographic images to a particular internet site.
Detectives were able to identify an address involved with uploading child pornography and on May 9 executed a search warrant at an address in Hanover. The suspect, identified as Stephen Michael Maceiko, was on scene and interviewed.
While interviewing the suspect, it was learned that his place of employment was with the Ruth Parker Eason School. Then, an official with the Board of Education was notified of the ongoing investigation and the suspect was removed from the school in order that he would not have any interaction with children while the investigation remained open.
At this time, detectives have no knowledge of any Ruth Parker Eason student being depicted in images recovered from the suspect.
On October 15, Child Abuse detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Maceiko for five counts of promotion/distribution of child pornography and 13 counts of possession of child pornography. He was arrested without incident.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department is urging anyone with information on this investigation or the suspect to contact the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-4733.
A spokesperson with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools released a statement on the arrest.
Mr. Maceiko was a teaching assistant at Ruth Parker Eason School. He was removed from that position immediately upon our school system receiving the first allegation last May. Since that time, he has been working in a position in which he has no contact with students.
Like all employees, Mr. Maceiko is entitled to due process. We will take further action with regard to his employment status as soon as administratively possible.