Suspect charged in child sex cases

Carroll man accused of assaulting girl, soliciting on Internet

Hampsted man faces charges

June 28, 1999|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County man has been charged with sexually assaulting a Hampstead girl, distributing child pornography and asking a minor for sex over the Internet -- using the Carroll County public library's service provider -- state police said yesterday.

Calvin Gary Horelick, 47, of the 4800 block of Hillock Lane in Hampstead was arrested and charged Saturday with a variety of sex offenses stemming from a police investigation into child pornography e-mailed to a girl in Cape May, N.J. The child was also solicited for sex while in an online "chat room," police said.

During the investigation, parents of a Hampstead girl reported that their daughter had been sexually assaulted, said 1st Sgt. Laura Lu Herman, a state police spokeswoman. The description of the suspect matched that of Horelick, and he was charged with assault, Herman said.

The spokeswoman said she did not know when the incident allegedly occurred, nor could she provide details. "That part of the investigation is still under way," she said.

Horelick is charged with two second-degree sex offenses, one third-degree and one fourth-degree sex offense in the alleged assault of the girl.

He is also charged with nine counts of distributing child pornography, one count of soliciting unlawful sex with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography, police said.

Horelick was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday in lieu of a $55,000 bond, and his children have been placed in the custody of their mother, police said.

The investigation began Friday evening, when the mother of the Cape May girl notified Maryland State Police that her daughter had been e-mailed pornographic images and had been asked for sex by a man accessing the Internet through the Carroll County library's service.

The library offers unlimited Internet access for $100 a year, according to information on its Web site.

State police were able to confirm that the communication was from the library's system, and New Jersey State Police verified the content of the material e-mailed to the girl, police said.

Investigators obtained a warrant and searched the man's home, where they found a computer system, disks, tapes and printed material, police said. The Maryland State Police's computer crimes unit is examining the material, they said.

Herman said investigators believe the suspect accessed the Internet from his home computer, using the library's Internet service.

Over the computer, Herman said, "the man provided his home number to the girl to call him."

"Right after they logged off, the call was made by the victim in New Jersey to verify the number," she said.

Library officials could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 6/28/99

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