A Middle River couple were charged with distributing and promoting child pornography after both were identified in videos participating in the sexual abuse of children, Baltimore County police said Monday.
John Nicklas, 34, and Shannon Leigh Honea, 26, of the 9700 block of Conmar Road, were arrested Thursday and charged with filming, distributing and promoting child pornography.
Police said there were several unidentified victims, ranging in age from about 2 to 13, and are asking for the public's help in finding those children and any others who may have been abused or exploited.
The arrests were prompted by a tip July 15 that there was pornography involving children in Nicklas' home.
Last week, investigators executed a search warrant on the house and seized computer equipment and several compact discs and DVDs. Both suspects were identified in some of the images as they engaged in sexual acts with children, police said.
Nicklas was charged with second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree sex offenses, possession of child pornography, two counts of permitting sex with a child, filming child pornography, using computers for child pornography and five counts of promoting and distributing child pornography.
Honea was charged with possession of child pornography, permitting sex with a child, filming child pornography, using computers for child pornography, soliciting children for child pornography and four counts of promoting and distributing child pornography.
Both were locked up in the Baltimore County Detention Center. Bail was denied for Nicklas, while Honea is being held in lieu of $5 million bail.
Authorities are asking anyone who knows of a child who has had contact with either suspect to contact the Crimes Against Children Unit of the Baltimore County Police Department by calling 410-853-3650.