Former officer acquitted of porn charges

December 24, 1997|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A former Baltimore police officer has been cleared of charges he had computer disks filled with child pornography from the Internet in an Ellicott City apartment he shared with a roommate.

George Lamont Hendricks, 28, was acquitted of the pornography charges Dec. 17 in Howard District Court. His roommate, Timothy Donald Haven, 28, was sentenced to probation before judgment in the case. Police discovered as many as 100 computer disks filled with graphic images in their Wheaton Way apartment in October 1996.

Michael J. Belsky, Hendricks' attorney, said in court that Hendricks had been forced to resign from the Police Department after his arrest.

Questioned yesterday, Belsky said he did not know whether Hendricks would try to get his job back. Police spokesmen would say only that Hendricks is not on the police roster. He was formerly assigned to the Southern District.

Hendricks "was not guilty and the evidence showed that," Belsky said.

Haven -- who had the subscription to the Internet account -- must serve two years of probation and write a 2,000-word essay about the moral and legal issues of child pornography. He must also perform 150 hours of community service.

Steven A. Allen, Haven's attorney, said Haven never asked for the pornography from the Internet. Police collected about 850 pornographic pictures from the apartment, Allen said, and the criminal case boiled down to three pictures that were clearly of someone younger than age 16.

Allen said that after the arrest, Haven lost his job at a department store and was evicted from his apartment.

Howard County police acted on a tip from the Baltimore City Police Department when they raided the home.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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