Randallstown man arrested on child pornography charges

A 37-year-old Randallstown man is facing a long list of child pornography charges, including sexual abuse of a minor, Baltimore County police said.

Kenneth Majeed Smith, of the unit block of McChurch Court, has been charged with 13 offenses that include possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and related charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

“In my 20 years of law enforcement, this is probably the most disturbing case that I’ve ever come across,” Baltimore County police Cpl. John Wachter said.

Police said they received a tip on Oct. 6 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding potential child pornography on the Internet. A pornographic image of a child uploaded online was subsequently traced back to a home on the unit block of McChurch Court, police said.

“When they find something, they try and identify where it comes from so they can route it to the appropriate department. In this case, they came across something, notified us and we began an investigation,” Wachter said.

A search warrant was served on the home Monday and police said they recovered a laptop computer, tablet and several thumb drives, which combined contained thousands of images of child pornography.

Police said Smith had a sexual encounter with at least one child and may have had sexual encounters with other children.

“Of the thousands of pictures that we recovered from his home, detectives learned that some of them, very few, were taken by the suspect,” Wachter said.

Police said they believe there are possibly many more victims, but they’re not sure whether they are local or from around the country as there is evidence Smith shared the files with other people.

“(We’re going to) try to figure out who these kids are, find out if we have any other victims out there. Detectives have reason to believe we do have more victims,” Wachter said.

Smith lived at the home with his mother, who, police said, had no idea what was going on.

Smith was originally held on $1.5 million bail. It has since been revoked.

The Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit is continuing to investigate this case.

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