Four plead guilty to child porn charges

Kids safety program aided prosecutions

July 12, 2008

Three Baltimore-area men have pleaded guilty in separate cases to child pornography charges, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced yesterday.

Roy Edward Hoover Jr., 37, of Baltimore was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 10 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography. According to his guilty plea, Hoover sexually assaulted a girl in his care for nearly three years, beginning in September 2004, when she was 14. Hoover took digital photographs of the assaults and downloaded them to his computer, according to Rosenstein's office.

Also in federal court in Baltimore, John Ewing Baugus, 62, of Odenton was sentenced to 10 years for possession of child pornography. According to his guilty plea, authorities, acting on information they received in January 2007, searched Baugus' home and recovered a computer and other media devices containing 600 pornographic images of children. Some images involved prepubescent children, according to Rosenstein's office. Baugus was previously convicted of possession of child pornography in 1998 and 2004.

Both men will be required to register as sex offenders.

In addition to those cases, Stanley Patrick Demoulin, 45, of Odenton pleaded guilty yesterday to receipt of child pornography.

Demoulin purchased access to Web sites advertising child pornography and downloaded images to his computer between November 2006 to January 2007, according to the plea agreement. A search of his home produced a computer and other devices containing more than 600 images of child pornography, including depictions of prepubescent minors engaging in sexual activity, according to the prosecutor's office. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 28 and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Also yesterday, Gary Jorandby, 57, of Upper Marlboro pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to one count of receiving child pornography through the Internet. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 20 and faces between five and 20 years in prison.

In September 2006, Jorandby gave investigators permission to search his personal computer, which contained images of child pornography including infants and toddlers, the U.S. attorney's office stated. Another search produced 276 photographs of a naked girl. Jorandby admitted that he began taking pictures of the girl when she was 4.

The cases were prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

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