New Jersey authorities are continuing an investigation into the background of a Howard County man arrested last week on charges of child abuse and pornography.
Gilbert Hughes Eyre, 43, of the 12000 blockScaggsville Road in Highland, was arrested in Ocean County, N.J., following a two-month probe into allegations of child abuse and pornography involving three female relatives.
Eyre, an auto mechanic at Hot Air Enterprises in Rockville, was charged with sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, said Jeff Bissey, an investigator with the Ocean County prosecutor's office.
Bissey said he didn't know how Eyre was related to the three children, ages 13, 9 and 7, but they are not his daughters.
The preliminary case report doesn't indicate that the children suffered any physical injuries, Bissey said.
Eyre was visiting relatives in New Jersey at the time of his arrestand is being held in the Ocean County jail on $40,000 bond.
At the request of the Ocean County prosecutor's office, Maryland State Police searched Eyre's Highland home and said they found several videotapes and photographs they considered pornographic.
The evidence wassent to case investigators in New Jersey, state police said.
Caseinvestigators do not know the intended use of the videotapes and photographs, Bissey said.
The sex crimes unit of the Ocean County prosecutor's office began their investigation into Eyre after one of thealleged victims contacted legal authorities, Bissey said.
No otherarrests in the case are pending at this time, he said.
KITCHEN FIRE DAMAGES COLUMBIA TOWN HOUSE
A kitchen fire Monday at a Columbia town house caused $5,000 damage.
The fire, in the 9500 block of SeaShadow in East Columbia, was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Firefighters put the blaze out within 10 minutes.
Officials attributed the cause of the fire to burned food on the stove.