ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — An Anne Arundel man was arrested after police found evidence of him soliciting and in possession of child pornography of a minor under the age of 15.
On June 24, 2019, the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit initiated an investigation in response to a report of child solicitation. It was reported that the administrators of an online forum identified a conversation involving a user who had engaged in a sexually explicit conversation with a minor.
The information was provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization.
As the result of issuing and executing several court orders, detectives identified the suspect as 53-year-old Thomas John Grollman. Detectives also identified the victim, who is a resident of Fairfax County, Virginia.
On November 19, 2019, detectives assigned to the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit along with detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department executed a search warrant at Grollman's address in Crownsville, Maryland.
Numerous digital devices were taken as evidence so the electronic devices could be forensically analyzed.
Police say Grollman was on scene and interviewed in regards to the ongoing investigation.
After receiving the results from the forensic extraction of the digital devices taken during the search warrant, detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department recovered evidence of child solicitation and child pornography.
Grollman was charged in December 2019, with solicitation of a minor under the age of 15 by Fairfax County detectives.
On March 18, Anne Arundel County Child Abuse detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Grollman charging him with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
Grollman is currently incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. The Anne Arundel County arrest warrant will be lodged as a detainer against Grollman at this time.
The Anne Arundel County Police is urging anyone with information on this incident or Grollman to contact the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-4733. One can also remain anonymous by calling the Anne Arundel County Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
No photo is available as the suspect is still in custody in Virginia.