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(Silver Spring, MD) – Maryland State Police computer crimes investigators have arrested and charged a Montgomery County man with the possession and distribution of child pornography yesterday.

The suspect is identified as Sean Renfrew Kelley, 30, of Silver Spring, MD.  He is charged with three counts of distribution of imagery of a minor engaged in sexual conduct and seven counts of possession of imagery of an individual under the age of 16 engaged in sexual conduct.

Beginning in July 2017, the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit received a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the possession and distribution of child pornography. The ensuing investigation allowed investigators to determine that the IP address used by the suspect was assigned to a specific residential address in Silver Spring, MD.

Troopers subsequently obtained a search warrant for Kelley’s residence and served the warrant at 7:00 a.m. yesterday morning.  The search warrant was served by the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from troopers from the Rockville Barrack.

Troopers identified the suspect in his residence and later placed him under arrest. Kelley was transported to the Montgomery County Detention Center, where he was awaiting an appearance before a District Court Commissioner.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

A photo of Kelley is unavailable at this time. The investigation is continuing.