Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

November 22, 2016

CCSO Logo 2013Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander C. Sullivan, age 37, of King George, Virginia, has been charged federally with possession of child pornography.

The federal criminal complaint was filed on November 21, 2016 and Sullivan was arrested that evening. Sullivan is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt at 3:00 p.m. today, before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Connelly.

The criminal complaint was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received four tips from a company that provides cloud security concerning suspected child pornography being uploaded to a specific telephone number in October and November 2016. An officer from the Charles County Sheriff’s Department conducted a search on the telephone number and determined that it belonged to Alexander Sullivan of Indian Head, Maryland. The officer recognized Sullivan’s name and telephone number as belonging to a fellow officer. Sullivan had resided in Indian Head prior to recently relocating to Virginia.

A state search warrant for Sullivan and his telephone was executed in Charles County on November 17, 2016. A preview of the materials on the phone allegedly revealed more than 200 images and five videos containing child pornography. The forensic investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, Sullivan faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

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

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the “resources” tab on the left of the page.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore, and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph R. Baldwin and Kristi N. O’Malley, who are prosecuting the federal case.

 

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32 Responses to Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

  1. LD on November 22, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Shaking my damn head!! What the hell is wrong with people, what does looking at a naked child do to turn you on?? It sickens me to think this goes on way to much and that their are alot of sick people in this world. Protect your children, don’t let them out of your site.

    • Lenny on November 23, 2016 at 7:50 am

      What if I don’t have an internet site for my children to get lost in?

  2. not on November 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    good job Charles county. better than Calvert’s arrest for 18 grams of marijuana in baggies.
    real crimes. not BS ones.

    • Buddy G on November 23, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Idiot. So now cops are supposed to ignore certain laws? Why don’t you call Mike Evans and give him a list of laws his officers should enforce and ones they should look the other way at. We elected him to enforce all laws, not just the ones you care about. Again, you are an idiot.

  3. Rob Stark on November 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Even cops can be a special kind of stupid. You, sir, are a pedophile and the lowest form of life on this planet. You were given a position in life where you have the duty to defend people, especially children and this is what you turn into. I hope there is a special place in hell for you.
    I assume that since he is charged with a felony, he is suspended without pay. I hope you don’t have a family. This could devastate a family.

  4. Little Dookie on November 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    No surprise there.

    • Anonymous on November 23, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Why do you say that?

      • Little Dookie on November 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

        Because he’s a white man

  5. Little Dookie on November 22, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Wait a second. I thought police didn’t turn in other cops. Weird. Blows that blue line theory right out the window.

    • SeaOfJoy on November 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Internal Affairs?

      • Anonymous on November 23, 2016 at 5:12 pm

        Nope.

        • John Combs on November 24, 2016 at 3:39 am

          Its not called IA anymore it’s Office of Professional Responsibility

          • Anonymous on November 25, 2016 at 9:11 am

            Either way, they don’t investigate kiddie porn cases. This is a serious criminal charge and was left to the professionals, the Special Victim Unit, and ultimately the Feds. The IA section will not be needed for this if he is convicted.

    • John Combs on November 24, 2016 at 3:43 am

      They only respect the Blue Line when other officers follow the Blue Line and this deputy stepped way far out of it.

      • Anonymous on November 25, 2016 at 9:12 am

        Wrong. Officers every day are fired because of other officers coming forward. Stop watching the news, they lie to you.

  6. the truth on November 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Blue Lives Matter

  7. Holla on November 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Trump supporter, no doubt.

    Thug!

    • Sweety B on November 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

      How sad that we have so many citizens that just can’t get over the fact that Clinton Lost the election.

  8. Anonymous on November 22, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    yall gone leave 1000 hateful comments under this one or nah? cause he not black?

    • Lenny on November 23, 2016 at 4:38 am

      Shaddup racist.

    • Buddy G on November 23, 2016 at 6:43 am

      Reading isn’t your thing, eh?

    • Sweety B on November 23, 2016 at 10:30 am

      At least we know what lens you look through when you read the news!

  9. Bucky+Wheat on November 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    WOW! You DISGUSTING POS!! Way to represent the badge, PERVERT! I hope the Judge gives you life just as the victims will be serving thanks to freaks like you…

  10. John on November 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    The comments on this one should be fun.

  11. John on November 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Where there is one more than likely there are others in the department that are pedos in blue

    • Sweety B on November 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Ding, ding, ding! WE have a winner! The first cop-hater to attempt to smear other LEO’s with this story for no reason other than John’s a cop-hater! Yoo-Hoo, congratulations John!

    • Anonymous on November 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      And you have evidence to back that up, right? Idiot. Don’t paint with such a broad brush. Not all blacks are criminals either. Idiot.

  12. K g on November 22, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Where’s his pic? Anyone else would’ve had their pic plastered all over the so md news media
    Disposable. Meaning the pervert cop and smnewsnet

    • Rob Stark on November 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Kg,

      It has been released, along with a statement from the Sheriff’s office.

    • Anonymous on November 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Exactly ! Why do they also feel the need to remind us that the officer is innocent until proven guilty, but don’t do the same when anyone else has been arrested?

      • Rob Stark on November 24, 2016 at 9:58 am

        Everyone that’s arrested in this country is innocent until proven guilty. Everyone knows that. I’m curious as to why you’re offended by being reminded of this?

      • Lenny on November 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

        So who is like you have something to whine about.