Baltimore man faces child porn charges

October 04, 2011

A 21-year-old Baltimore man was indicted last week in Harford County on 15 child pornography counts.

Marcus Curtis Clark, 21, and a registered sex offender who is being held without bail at Eastern Correctional Institution, had been living at the Baltimore Rescue Mission at 4 N. Central Avenue in the city.

The indictment against him was handed up by a Harford County grand jury on Sept. 27.

Clark met a 16-year-old girl from whom he allegedly solicited pornographic cell phone pictures. Upon receiving them, Clark allegedly threatened to post the pictures online if the girl did not send more, which the girl did "under duress," according to charging documents.

The two connected through various social networking sites, and though she refused at first, the girl told Clark she would be his girlfriend. The two met in person twice, according to charging documents, at White Marsh Mall. The first time they met they held hands and kissed; the second time they went to the White Marsh library to watch a movie on a computer, and the girl said Clark allegedly pulled her hands toward him to get her to touch him, according to court records. During their walk to the library, Clark allegedly tried to pull the girl into the woods because he wanted to have sex with her, but the girl "was able to successfully avoid" the situation.

The alleged request for pictures came a week after they started talking on the phone. The girl resisted sending the pictures at first, but eventually consented and sent him numerous pictures.

On Aug. 15, the girl sent 17 naked pictures, 13 of which were sexually explicit. When she didn't get them to Clark fast enough, he allegedly threatened her, allegedly saying in a text message, "OK. You have exactly two minutes for those pics to get to my phone. If I don't get them Im sending them to everyone and then your parents," according to charging documents.

In 2009, Clark was given probation before judgment, a finding of guilt, on five counts of distribution of child pornography.

While on probation in the 2009 pornography case, Clark pleaded guilty in July 2010 to a Baltimore City charge of distributing controlled dangerous substances.

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