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Salisbury Man to Serve Six Years on Child Porn Charges

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BALTIMORE– A Salisbury man is behind bars after being sentenced to six years in prison for distribution of child pornography.

According to the U.S. District Court in Maryland, 52-year-old David Andrews was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release. Andrews will also have to remain registered as a sex offender wherever he lives, works or attends school.

Andrews’ plea agreement states that between May 28 and July 12, 2010, Andrews made files depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct available to others through a file-sharing program installed on his computer. 

On July 17, 2010, a Wicomico County Sheriff’s detective working on undercover investigations of individuals trafficking child pornography through the use of file sharing programs was able to download child pornography being shared using the internet account at Andrews’ residence. 

The plea agreement states that a search warrant was executed at Andrews’ home and law enforcement located Andrews’ computer, which contained 49 images and approximately 160 video segments of child pornography. 

Officials say Andrews admitted that he collected and shared child pornography over the internet, including the video downloaded by the detective. 

On Oct. 12, 2011, Andrews pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in Wicomico County Circuit Court. The charge for possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute was dropped.

Also according to Andrews’ plea agreement, on May 12, 2014, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office detective was conducting an online investigation for individuals using file-sharing software to share child pornography. The plea agreement states that during the investigation, the detective downloaded a video from Andrews that depicted a prepubescent girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Investigators said they determined that the IP address associated with the account was assigned to Andrews’ residence. 

Officials said that on June 20, 2014, Andrews saw law enforcement officers conducting surveillance and photographing his home in preparation for obtaining a search warrant. According to officials, Andrews admitted that two days later he ran memory-wiping software on the hard drive and reinstalled the operating system in order to delete any files or images, including any files containing child pornography from his laptop.

Twenty-five of the images on the hard drive that officials eventually found belonged to a series of child pornography whose victim(s) were previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to the U.S. District Court in Maryland.

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