WALDORF, Md. -- Late Monday, Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander Sullivan was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.
The investigation started when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said they received tips about child porn being uploaded to a specific cell phone multiple times in October and November.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Department began looking into the case and realized the phone belonged to one of their own.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers say they found more than 200 images and 5 videos containing child porn on Deputy Sullivan’s smartphone.
The 37-year-old went before a federal judge, Tuesday. Judge William Connelly read him his charges and ordered Sullivan to house arrest until his next court appearance. Sullivan was forbidden to have contact with minors, including his son, and ordered to stop using any devices that connect to internet.
The judge explained that the accused deputy has the right to a preliminary hearing, should he choose that route, that will be the next step.
If Deputy Sullivan is found guilty, he could spend up to 20 years in prison.
The advocacy group that alerted police to this case says in 2015, their child exploitation hotline received more than 4 million reports, highlighting just how big of a problem this issue is nationwide.