Hagerstown-area man held without bond on child-porn

A Hagerstown-area man was being held without bond Monday on allegations that he possessed and created child pornography and molested at least one child, according to Washington County District Court records.
Giorgio Leopoldo Capone, 54, of North Edgewood Drive had been held on $450,000 bail prior to the bond-review hearing before District Judge Mark Thomas.
Assistant State’s Attorney Brendan Flynn asked Thomas that Capone be held without bond due to the nature of the charges and for being a flight risk because he has dual U.S.-Italian citizenship.
Capone is charged with six counts of promoting or distributing pornography, nine counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of third-degree sex offense and one count of sex abuse of a minor, court records said.
In a search of Capone’s apartment last month, deputies found 20 hard drives, four laptop computers, a desktop computer and three smartphones, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies also found bags of candy, children’s underwear and pajamas, condoms, handcuffs, packages of “sleeping aids,” a broken syringe, lubricants, a bag containing an unidentified powder and sex toys, the charging documents said.
However, there was no evidence a child lived in the apartment, the documents said.
The offenses were allegedly committed between March 2014 and March of this year, the documents said.
An investigator learned that detectives from Pennsylvania and Worcester County, Md., were able to download child pornography in March from a Hagerstown-area account using a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, the documents said.
The files showed adult males and females in sexual situations with children, the documents said.
The Internet account was traced to an address on North Edgewood Drive, and a search warrant was executed in March. A woman at the address told investigators that Capone had lived there for two years, until he moved to an apartment across the hall in February, the documents said.
The woman told investigators that she asked Capone to move because of allegations he had inappropriate contact with a preteen girl, although those suspicions were never reported to authorities by the girl’s mother, the documents said.
She also told investigators that Capone still had access to the password for her wireless router, which she did not change after he moved out. Four devices were connected to the router, but the two belonging to the woman contained no child pornography, the documents said.
A search warrant was obtained for Capone’s apartment, and a forensic examination of computers found there showed the files downloaded by detectives in Pennsylvania and Worcester County came from one of his computers, the documents said.
Also recovered were video and digital images of suspected child pornography that had been taken in February with a camera found in Capone’s apartment, the documents said.
The child in the images was identified and the mother contacted. The mother said she had asked Capone to watch her children during the time period the images were taken, the documents said.
The child was interviewed and said Capone had touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion, the documents said.
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