Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 31, 2006

Man given 15 years in child-porn case

A 52-year-old former federal worker who admitted producing and possessing more than 1 million images of child pornography was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore.

Robert M. Carey, who lived in Bowie, had pleaded guilty in May to storing explicit images on his computers at home and at work at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. He said he collected the images over the past 10 years.

"Every photograph of child pornography is evidence of a crime," Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. "This defendant not only downloaded more than 1 million pictures of abused children, he also sexually abused a child and took his own pictures."

Prosecutors said that Carey used government computers at his office and home to gain access to the pornography. FBI agents said searched his office and home in August last year.

Among the images, they said, were of a family member when she was between 8 and 13 years old, and some pictures had been taken in Carey's NOAA office.

Carey fled to Italy after his December indictment and surrendered to police in Rome in January after being featured on America's Most Wanted.

As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors said he would serve three years of supervised probation upon his release and to pay $50,000 to the family victim.

]Cyclist dies after shooting

A 21-year-old man was shot while riding a bicycle yesterday in South Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood, city police said.

Officers and paramedics found Rickie Tinsley shot in the torso and unconscious in the 500 block of Pontiac Ave., with his bike nearby, police said. He had apparently run from his bike after he was shot, police said. Medics took Tinsley to Harbor Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Tinsley's last known address was in the 900 block of Stoll St., police said. Police did not disclose any motive in the killing. Tinsley was the 179th person killed in the city this year, compared with 184 slain during the same period in 2005.

Gus G. Sentementes

Man sought in Carroll attacks

Police are searching for a man believed to have attacked two McDaniel College students in downtown Westminster late Monday night - the day classes resumed at the college.

The man struggled with and tried to steal the wallet of an 18-year-old male student at West Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue about 11:30 p.m., Westminster police said.

About 30 minutes later, a similarly described man wrapped his arms around a 19-year-old female and tried to strike her face at West Main and Carroll streets, police said. The students were not injured, police said.

Both victims described the attacker as a white male with a light beard, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds, police said.

A $500 cash reward has been offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information should contact the Westminster police, 410-848-4646, or a tips line, 410-857-8477.

Laura McCandlish

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