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April 09, 2005

City man gets 15 years for child pornography

BALTIMORE

Law enforcement authorities used a remote computer connection to ferret out a Baltimore child pornographer who was sentenced in federal court yesterday.

Joseph Ray McKenzie, 22, of the 1700 block of Rockhaven Ave. received a 15-year prison term, followed by 20 years' supervised release. McKenzie pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to transmitting child pornography.

FOR THE RECORD - A Metro digest item Saturday about the sentencing of bank robber in federal court incorrectly stated the location of the six banks he robbed. Five of the banks are in Baltimore County, and the sixth is in Baltimore.
The Sun regrets the errors.

According to court papers, McKenzie operated a file server from his home computer. File servers consist of software that can give other people access through the Internet to files on the hard drive of a personal computer.

On Jan. 21 and Jan. 29 last year, FBI undercover agents signed onto the Internet, went into a channel on Internet Relay Chat and gained access to McKenzie's file server. The agents found a collection of images with sexually suggestive names.

Court papers did not say why agents targeted McKenzie's files.

The agents downloaded and opened several files from McKenzie's computer. They confirmed the images showed minors engaging in sexually explicit acts.

On Feb. 6 last year, FBI agents and Baltimore County police officers searched McKenzie's home and seized several computers.

They also found paperwork in the name of "Joe Johnson," the name McKenzie had used to connect his filer server to the Internet.

-- Matthew Dolan

EDGEWATER

Man accused of molestation pleads guilty to charges

An Edgewater man who was accused of molesting children in his home near Annapolis and in Ocean City has pleaded guilty to seven charges, Anne Arundel County prosecutors said.

In a short hearing, Loren John Williams, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of child abuse and four counts of sexual abuse of a minor in connection with seven children in Anne Arundel County, said Kristin Riggin, a spokeswoman for the county state's attorney's office.

Sentencing by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Philip T. Caroom is scheduled for July 6. Prosecutors expect to seek a 45-year prison term, Riggin said.

Some of what took place was videotaped, and in charging documents last May, police said they removed tapes from Williams' nightstand.

The charges covered several years - from mid-1999 to mid-2003, Riggin said.

Joshua R. Treem, Williams' attorney, could not be reached yesterday.

In Ocean City, where Williams is accused of molesting teenage boys, the court cases are pending, Riggin said.

- Andrea F. Siegel

BALTIMORE

Man, 20, gets five years in fatal shooting of brother

A 20-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday in the fatal shooting last year of his brother.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Wanda K. Heard sentenced Eric Anthony Oliver, of the 4400 block of Manorview Road, to two concurrent 10-year prison terms for involuntary manslaughter and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. Heard then suspended all but five years of both sentences without parole.

Oliver pleaded guilty in January to charges in the Aug. 30 shooting of his 25-year-old brother, Darryl Maurice Hill, in their Southwest Baltimore home. Prosecutors said Oliver was handling the handgun when it discharged, killing Hill.

BALTIMORE

Free concert in Fells Point to celebrate Orioles' diversity

The city is presenting a free concert this afternoon to celebrate the diversity of the Orioles in the heart of Baltimore's Hispanic community.

The concert will feature Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, a Cuban Afro-pop band from Los Angeles. The Unity Reggae Band will open the show. The show will take place at 1 p.m. in Fells Point at Bank Street and Broadway.

The Orioles' game against the Yankees in New York will be broadcast live at the event. Prizes, including Orioles tickets and merchandise, will be given away with each Baltimore hit.

FOREST HILL

Consignment auction planned to benefit Harford nonprofits

Nonprofit groups from Harford County will be the beneficiaries of the Springwood Farm Community Benefit Consignment Auction at 10 a.m. today at Springwood Farm, 2000 Grafton Shop Road, Forest Hill.

The auction is the idea of organic vegetable farmer Patrick O'Neil. "Auctions are fun. People enjoy them, and this is a great way to raise money for these organizations and to highlight the importance of agriculture in Harford County," said O'Neil.

This is a consignment auction, with buyer profits and seller commissions going to charity. "The hope is to provide at least $1,000 each to Mason-Dixon Community Services, Harford Friends School, Harford Community Action Agency, Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United and the Harford County Agricultural Marketing Cooperative," said O'Neil.

Information: Patrick O'Neil, 410-838-3425.

Severed phone cables cause 911 problems

TOWSON

Several severed phone cables in the Towson area caused minor problems with 911 service yesterday, county officials said.

About a half-dozen 911 callers heard a fast busy signal when they dialed the number, said Marjorie Hampson, a county spokeswoman.

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