Baltimore City assistant state's attorney faces child pornography charges

Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 08:55:38-04

Baltimore County police have charged a Baltimore City assistant state's attorney with possession and distribution of child pornography. 

Patrick Michael Moran, 39, was taken into custody Tuesday. 

On July 12, detectives received a tip from the National Center for Exploited Children about internet activity related to child pornography. Detectives identified an address in the 8900 block of Kilkenney Circle as the source of child porn being shared.

Tuesday at 5 a.m. police served a search and seizure warrant at the Kilkenney Circle address. Police recovered numerous images and videos of child pornography as well as computer equipment and digital storage devices.

Moran was a Baltimore City assistant state's attorney assigned to the juvenile division. Investigators said there is no evidence that Moran was involved in the production of child pornography.

He was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography and released on $150,000 bail.

Baltimore City's Office of the State's Attorney released the following statement,

"As prosecutors, we take an oath to uphold the laws of this station and nation. Therefore, any allegation of wrongdoing or criminal activity by one of our own is extremely troubling. When these allegations involve our most vulnerable constituents, such as children, it makes it all the most despicable and disheartening. I want to assure the residents of Baltimore that we take these allegations seriously and will fully cooperate with the Baltimore County Police and State's Attorney's Office in any way we can as they continue to investigate and ultimately prosecute this now former employee."

Adam Rosenberg, who is the executive director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, worked in the same office and division as an assistant state's attorney under Pat Jessamy.
He said the laws in Maryland are written to help prosecute these types of cases.
"Ultimately what we need to be able to do is provide service for kids after the fact, and so 'Alicia's Law' is also going to provide funding for children's advocacy centers like ours," Rosenberg said.
At the home listed wuth Moran's address, there was no answer at the door.
A neighbor said he lives there with his children.

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