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County Firefighter Charged with Producing, Possessing Child Porn

Owings Mills resident Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, faces up to 70 years in prison plus a lifetime of supervised release.

A Baltimore County Fire Department firefighter was indicted this week on three counts of producing and possessing child pornography.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, who was a firefighter for the Baltimore County Fire Department, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

The three-count indictment states that, in June and July, Cottle "coerced two minor males to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce two videos."

And, on Sept. 28, "Cottle was in possession of the videos and other images of child pornography," it states.

According to the release, Cottle was held at U.S. District Court during his initial appearance on Thursday, and on Friday a U.S. magistrate ordered him detained pending trial.

Court records state that his criminal court trial is set for 9:15 a.m. Feb. 6.

According to the release, he faces 15 to 30 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for each of the two counts of producing child pornography. In addition, he faces 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

"An indictment is not a finding of guilt," the release states. "An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings."

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. 

Angel December 26, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Someone is not going to be locked up on these kinds of charges without enough evidence. Whoever the Karen person is needs to realize that. I sure hope she doesnt have kids it could of possibly happened to or did it and she allowed it? How can anyone stand behind someone who doees such thing to kids. VERY SICK individual. I hope he gets the max penality and gets done to him what he did to others.
flyinghigh December 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM
The feds must have a massive amount of evidence to charge him with. So now my tax dollars go to giving him a free place to stay with hot meals an education anything he really wants. These criminals have more freedom in jail than i do as a working tax paying citizen. These people that do these things to kids should think about suicide as an option. It will save us tax paying citizens and free up the jails. Or maybe a concept could be to not commit a crime and not mess with young kids. Find someone your own age. This is one sick individual. If i was him i would go for the suicide option.
DisgustedCitizen December 29, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Completely disgusting. Karen - I'm with the previous commentor. I hope you have no children of your own. To stand behind someone and say for sure that you KNOW he didn't do it is INSANE! He wouldn't be indicted on FEDERAL charges if there wasn't significant evidence proving his guilt. Did you even read the article?! It's not a lie. I hope you can sleep at night knowing that you support someone that abuses children.
DisgustedCitizen December 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Keep in mind that someone sick enough to engage in sexual activity with a child, let alone produce photos and videos of those children, would have no conscience. They're going to tell you whatever you want to hear to make you comfortable leaving your children around him. Do you have children? Would you feel 100% comfortable leaving your children with someone even facing these charges or having photos and videos on him when they arrested him? If so, then maybe your head needs examination too. There's actually 3 sides... his side, their side and the truth. I hope you can live with yourself after knowing the truth when it comes out at trial. I feel bad for your children if you have them.
FIFA December 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM
"These criminals have more freedom in jail than i do as a working tax paying citizen' Where do people get statements like this? Just what are you facts?

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