Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

December 21, 2017
Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander C. Sullivan, age 37, of King George, Virginia, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for possession of child pornography

Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander C. Sullivan, age 37, of King George, Virginia, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for possession of child pornography

UPDATE 12/21/2017: United States District Judge Paul W. Grimm has sentenced former Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander C. Sullivan, age 38, of King George, Virginia, to 2 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of child pornography.

The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Sheriff Troy D. Berry of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office; and Sheriff Steve F. Dempsey of the King George County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the plea agreement, 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. 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 100 images and at least seven videos containing child pornography.

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.

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

11/22/2016: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and United States federal prosecutors in reference to the arrest of Alexander C. Sullivan, 37, a Charles County Sheriff’s Officer who was charged on November 21 with possession of child pornography.

The arrest is the result of an investigation that was initiated by Charles County Sheriff’s detectives who were alerted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Internet Crimes Against Children program regarding someone uploading child pornography to a cell phone number based in Charles County.

Investigators assigned to the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division recognized the name of the person affiliated with the phone number as a fellow officer. Sheriff Troy D. Berry said detectives launched a swift and immediate investigation which was subsequently turned over to federal authorities at the recommendation of the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners as the investigation moves forward,” said Sheriff Berry.

In accordance with agency policy, Sullivan, a 10-year-veteran, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of a criminal trial.

Homeland Security Investigations is continuing the investigation.

Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander C. Sullivan, age 37, of King George, Virginia, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for possession of child pornography

Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander C. Sullivan, age 37, of King George, Virginia, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for possession of child pornography

 

38 Responses to Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

  1. Rob Stark on November 23, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Even looks like a D Bag

    • xMosquito on November 24, 2016 at 7:22 am

      It is strange that the frat mostly look like a bunch of bags; same jerk haircuts, grins, etc. If they are going for a intimidation look, the police car, gun and handcuffs is all I needed to see. Looking like wife-beaters does nothing but piss off most men.

      • Cameron on November 25, 2016 at 10:14 am

        You know nothing of the “frat.” Most are hard working law abiding citizens who are just trying to earn a living like the rest of us. The reason for the hair is that most departments have grooming standards very similar to the military. These guys put it on the line everyday so jerks like you can sit behind a computer and bad mouth them.

        • Just Me on December 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm

          Rats come in all shapes and sizes.. Funny you make a comment about sitting behind a computer and bad-mouthing, you should take a good look in the mirror.

        • Just Me on December 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm

          Trash comes in all shapes and sizes..

        • Anonymous on December 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm

          Like this guy? LOL lets be honest MOST have a huge superiority complex…they try soooo hard to be intimidating tough guys.

          • Anonymous on December 24, 2017 at 9:59 am

            I have an idea: Maybe you should join the force and show them how it’s done. All 3 southern MD counties are currently looking for qualified applicants. But it’s easier to point a finger than to do something about it.

        • support yourself, find a real job on December 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

          The “reason for the hair” is not because of department grooming standards. If it were, every policeboy would have the same style. He got the haircut because he thinks it makes him look cool.

          Why are you comparing a police department to the military. It tells us a lot about how you view your job and the community.

          • *----* on December 27, 2017 at 8:51 am

            Now we are to the point of ragging on the police because of the hairstyle? There are a number of reasons for the hair cut. A lot of cops were prior military. I’m not a cop, but I was prior military, my wife likes the hairstyle, so I still have a high and tight (most of the time). Other reasons:
            Most police officers wear a hat, and this hairstyle doesnt get “hat head”.
            In a scuffle, long hair is easy to grab onto, short hair isnt
            Low maintenance
            And yes, possibly because they just think it looks cool

            I dont have interaction with cops, if you have enough interaction with them that you have such a negative perception of them, thats cuz you are a loser. Losers are constantly interacting with the police, normal people dont, just saying. Instead of whining about the “police boys”, maybe stop being a loser

    • Rob Stark on November 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

      again? Why are you using my screen name to post. Get your own.

      • Anonymous on November 24, 2016 at 11:57 pm

        To get a reaction from you..just a loser troll..

  2. Anonymous on November 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I am sure he was jus doing a private investigation lol…sick mother fu#!@$

  3. Hmmm looks like he'll need a criminal defense attorney on November 23, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I am absolutely the last one to defend a Sheriffs Deputy, which incidentally means I would do it, but please keep in mind, you don’t know whats on a website until you visit it, you don’t know whats in an e-mail until you open it. And, remember, who put the website up is just as important, if more more important, than who visits it.

    • John Combs on November 24, 2016 at 3:47 am

      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.

      I would say it wasn’t just a pop up ad that he clicked on with that amount of pictures and then videos also

    • Rob Stark on November 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

      He wasn’t arrested for visiting a website. He was arrested for actually downloading child porn. Two very different things!

    • anonymous on November 24, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Yet youre the first one to defend him…

  4. Anonymous on November 23, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    They will love him in prison

    • Rob Stark on December 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Sounds like you know from experience..

    • Anonymous on December 24, 2017 at 10:09 am

      If you think this guy will be in some seedy prison you are mistaken. He will be housed in one of those prisons where there aren’t any walls.

  5. John Combs on November 24, 2016 at 3:49 am

    A ten year vet who took the oath to protect and serve the public now has wasted everything he has worked for. I have zero sympathy for this man when he is sentenced to prison and has to register as a sex offender once he has served his time.

    • Anonymous on December 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      The plea agreement didn’t say he has to register as a sex offender.

  6. Charles on December 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Wonder where Facebook Sheriff was to defend him? Oh that’s right, posing for those gaudy billboard ads

  7. Anonymous on December 21, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Haha dont drop the soap D-Bag..makes you wonder how many more peds are on their department they didnt catch. Probably more thsn just him. Now lets hear from the boot lickers.

  8. Malcolm X on December 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    He has already been in jail for nearly a year. He will be out in time to celebrate the 4th of July.

  9. Jake Lamotta on December 21, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I’m sorry but this whole case is just full of holes that don’t make sense. A “cloud security company” gave them anonymous tips? How would they intercept that download request? How does that happen without them spying on him illegally? Fruit of the poison tree. But it’s all okay but it was just an anonymous tip. BS.

    • Anonymous on December 24, 2017 at 10:02 am

      I am fairly confident if this was an issue, his attorney would have brought it up. But thanks Ben Matlock for your input. Where is your law degree from again?

  10. Anonymous on December 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Wow just 2 years!!!!!…your average joe would have gotten 20 years,this is unbelievable

  11. HATE TRUMP on December 22, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Now TRUMP SHOULD BE NEXT

    • Mac N Cheese on December 24, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Because you hate law and order?!!! You and Hillary should move to N Korea and be happy together!

  12. Anonymous on December 22, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This thug need more time

  13. Anonymous on December 22, 2017 at 9:05 am

    And why isn’t this jerk required to be on the sex offender registry???

  14. Tom Something on December 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I remember this jerk.. Tried to get me for DUI…. Lol, Karma baby,, Karma

    • Anonymous on December 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

      What a second. You drove drunk and you somehow blame this guy? You have issues. This turd had nothing to do with your bad decisions.

  15. stupid on December 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Can someone enlighten me. When being charged like this man, the evidence is overwhelming cut and dry? These cases are not stemming from just some dude trolling for porn stuff, they specifically get pictures and video of people that are clearly children? They are not looking at grown adults acting young? Not defending…just wondering if they are unfortunate in being ignorant of what they are looking at and should know better or just perverts

    • Anonymous on December 24, 2017 at 10:05 am

      No ignorance. He knew what he was doing. The Feds don’t go after people looking at “legitimate” porn. Based on the news articles it was child pornography he was looking at. If it was anything else, his lawyer would have argued it.

      • stupid on December 29, 2017 at 11:41 pm

        You’re right. I didn’t consider he already had his day in court. Simply sub human behavior, Deviant and not acceptable to ever be in public again. Unfortunately our society took pity on him and he will do this or worse in the future, once he is out of prison. There are ways to prevent this, but they are all illegal too.

  16. Anonymous on December 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Hang him high pos should get life in prison

  17. annonomouse on December 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    just the fact that he was a cop he should get 10 yrs not 2, total travesty