Registered sex offender pleads guilty to sexually exploiting two underage girls to produce child pornography | USAO-MD

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Baltimore, Maryland – Dennis James Harrison, 40, of Rocky Ridge, Maryland, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography, related to the sexual exploitation of two minors between the ages of 10 and 12 in the time of abuse. The guilty plea was entered on Friday, August 26, 2022.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James C. Harris of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins; and Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith III.

According to his guilty plea, between 2018 and 2021, Harrison sexually exploited two underage girls from when one of the victims was twelve years old and when another victim was 10 to 11 years old, to produce child pornography. Specifically, from at least September 2020 to August 2021, Harrison had sex with Jane Doe 1, a 12-year-old girl who resided in Pennsylvania. Harrison picked up Jane Doe 1 from his residence and drove her to various locations in Maryland, including Harrison’s residence, where he engaged in illegal sexual activity with Jane Doe 1. Harrison produced footage and videos of her sexual abuse on Jane Doe 1 and seduced Jane Doe 1 into sending her sexually explicit photographs of herself.

As detailed in his plea deal, Harrison also used a hidden camera and cell phone in 2018 to produce a series of images depicting Jane Doe 2, a 10-11 year old girl, naked and partially nude in a bedroom and hall. bathroom in Pennsylvania and in a bathroom in Maryland. The images were taken without the knowledge of Jane Doe 2.

On August 12, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Harrison’s residence and recovered a cell phone used by Harrison to film his sexual abuse of Jane Doe 1, along with several digital devices. A forensic examination of all the devices located files describing child sexual abuse on each, including depictions of infants and toddlers. In total, more than 14,000 files of child pornography were found on Harrison’s devices. On August 12, 2009, Harrison was convicted of possession of child pornography related to the sexual abuse of a minor and was a registered sex offender at the time of his arrest in the federal case.

As stated in his plea agreement, upon his release from prison, Harrison must continue to register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is employed and where he is a student, under the law of sexual abuse. registration and notification of sex offenders. (“SORNA”).

Harrison faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years in prison. U.S. Chief District Judge James K. Bredar set sentencing for January 23, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

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 Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit child sexual abuse, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information on Internet Safety Education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the “Resources” tab on the left side of the page.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended HSI, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Barron thanked Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Budlow and Special Assistant United States Attorney Joyce King, who are prosecuting the federal case.

For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-childhood and https://www.justice .gov/usao-md/community-outreach.

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