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BPD SWAT officer hit with federal child pornography, obstruction of justice charges

Posted at 12:24 PM, Mar 01, 2021

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore Police SWAT officer is facing federal child pornography and obstruction of justice charges.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office was first notified in October 2020, when a minor reported that 51-year-old Donald Hildebrandt was found inside a room with another minor, exposing his genitalia.

One of the victims told police that Hildebrandt demanded she engage in sexually explicit conduct with him.

A search warrant of Hildebrandt’s home led to the recovery of several electronic devices.

Several videos were discovered, including one on a laptop that was nearly three-hours long.

Investigators also found over 100 still shots believed to have been recorded covertly.

Inside Hildebrandt’s i Cloud account, forensic analysts found a link that led to a child pornography website.

The site claimed to be a “safe zone for pedo folks,” and allowed customers to anonymously purchase child porn with cryptocurrency.

According to the criminal complaint against him, Hildebrandt allegedly did a factory reset on his tablet erasing some evidence.

Hildebrandt is already in custody on related state charges and remains suspended from the police department without pay.

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If convicted on all federal charges, he faces a maximum 60 years behind bars.

No court date has been set.