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34-year-old sex offender facing federal indictment for sexual exploitation, enticement of minor

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 16:00:03-04

BALTIMORE — A 34-year-old man who was previously convicted as a sex offender is facing federal indictment for sexual exploitation and enticement of a minor.

According to the seven-count indictment, Jeffrey R. Cummings, Jr. was convicted of a sex offense in Anne Arundel County in 2008 and was required to register as a sex offender in the state. The indictment alleges that in May 2017, Cummings operated a number of social media accounts using a variety of aliases including "Olivia Harris" to communicate with minor boys.

While talking with those boys, Cummings allegedly falsely represented that "Olivia" was a teenage girl. The indictment also says that Cummings allegedly coerced and enticed minor boys to send him photos and videos engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to the indictment, Cummings also sent the boys money and gifts in exchange for them sending their previously worn socks in the mail.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 16 and 29, 2018 and on January 2019, Cummings posed as "Olivia" with a 15-year-old boy and allegedly requested him to send sexually explicit photos or videos. The indictment continues stating that "Olivia" also sent the boy a picture of a teenage girl, as well as nude images of a female's genital area, claiming to be "Olivia."

If convicted, Cummings faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years in prison for each of three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison for each of three counts of enticement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, for committing these crimes while being required to register as a sex offender.

Anyone who may have information about possible victims or details related to the investigation of Jeffrey R. Cummings, Jr is asked to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 202-636-2220.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.