BALTIMORE, Md. - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Robert Jay Hudson II, age 25, of Gambrills, Maryland, to eight years in prison followed by 40 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography. Judge Bennett ordered that upon his release from prison, Hudson must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
According to his plea agreement, on April 27, 2011, an individual whom Hudson allowed to access his computer discovered images of child pornography. The Anne Arundel County Police were notified and officers executed a search warrant at Hudson's residence. Officers seized a desktop, hard drive and media player that contained images of child pornography, including prepubescent children in diapers and adults engaged in sadistic conduct with the children.
Hudson learned of the search at his home while he was at work and left. Hudson was later found in the median of Route 3 in Crofton, Maryland. Hudson was taken for medical treatment and released.
On November 15, 2011, a Maryland State Trooper using an undercover computer downloaded a number of images and video containing child pornography, including graphic images depicting the sexual abuse of an infant, from a computer file sharing program that Hudson was using at his new residence. Hudson engaged the undercover state trooper in chats over the computer in which Hudson expressed a sexual interest in children. A meeting was arranged at which Hudson believed he would receive digital storage media containing child pornography. Hudson was arrested at the meeting. Hudson admitted that he was still actively downloading child pornography.
The next day, the Maryland State Police executed a search warrant at Hudson's residence and seized a laptop, hard drive and USB drive containing 627 images and 144 videos of child pornography with children under the age of 12, including sadistic and violent conduct.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Anne Arundel County Police Chief Larry W. Tolliver; and Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
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