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Registered sex offender arrested for child porn production

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2022-08-29 12:35:28-04

FREDERICK, md. — Dennis James Harrison, age 40, of Rocky Ridge, Maryland, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography.

Harrison, a registered sex offender, admitted to the production of some of the recovered child sexual abuse materials. Detectives say the children's ages were 10 and 12 at the time of the abuse.

His plea agreement states that he used a hidden camera and phone in 2018 to produce a series of images showing one of the victims partially nude in a bedroom and bathroom.

The images were taken without the knowledge of the victim.

FCSO deputies transported Harrison to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for booking. His 10 charges are for knowingly possessing photographs depicting an individual under 16-years-old engaged in sexual conduct and one count of photographing a minor engaging in sexual conduct.

In total, over 14,000 files of child pornography were found on Harrison's devices.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more cases like this across Frederick County,” said Lt. Andy Crone, FCSO Criminal Investigations Section commander. “Today’s technological advancements make it easier than ever to access illicit websites and we want to remind everyone on how serious these offenses are.”

Harrison faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years in prison.

For anyone exposed to CSAM online, you can immediately report this at www.cybertipline.org [cybertipline.org]. For more information on child sexual exploitation, review this pdf, https://bit.ly/3lqKjDB [bit.ly].

To report additional information about this case, contact the FCSO at 301-600-1046 and reference case # 21-063631.