Crime Watch

November 10, 2007

Sex offender pleads guilty in child porn case

A 55-year-old registered sex offender from Baltimore pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to distributing child pornography and attempting to "entice a minor to engage in sexual activity." He could receive up to life in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 1, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Starting in April last year, Kent Eugene Turnbaugh befriended a 13-year-old girl who lives in Alabama and communicated with her through instant messages using his computer, text messages from his cellular phone and calls on his telephone, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Turnbaugh persuaded the girl to send photos of herself, and he sent a photo of himself to her.

Authorities said the girl eventually reported the encounters to police, and an undercover FBI agent resumed contacts with the man, posing as the girl. For seven days, the Alabama based-agent chatted with the man, during which they said the suspect proposed traveling to Alabama for an encounter in a hotel.

Police said a search of Turnbaugh's computer turned up more than 600 images of minors involved in explicit sexual conduct.

Rowhouse shooting victim remains hospitalized

Baltimore police said that a man who was found shot in a Northwest Baltimore rowhouse Thursday morning remained in critical condition yesterday, and that the other shooting victim, who was found dead at the scene, was from North Carolina.

Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, said the surviving victim - who was found by a contractor inside a rowhouse in the 2600 block of Oswego Ave. - was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds at Sinai Hospital. Monroe declined to release the name of the 37-year-old man.

Monroe said the man who died was Leonard Hunt, 44, of Lumberton, N.C. Homicide detectives have no suspect and know of no motive in the shootings.

Gus G. Sentementes

Man, 28, gets 10 years on drug, gun charges

A 28-year-old man who sold crack cocaine in the Edmondson Village area was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison for drug and gun charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Davon Brown pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, according to federal prosecutors.

Brown was arrested Dec. 8 after police made controlled purchases of crack cocaine and ran a wiretap on his cell phone, prosecutors said. Investigators also recovered drugs, $4,000 in cash and a gun from the home he shared with his girlfriend in the 300 block of E. Lorraine Ave.

In addition to the 10-year prison sentence, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Brown to five years of supervised probation.

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