FOREST HILL, Md. - The suspect may have thought he was operating from the privacy of his own home on Issacs Way in Forest Hill, but when a trooper with the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit spotted child pornography offered on the internet, the trap was set.
"(He) made contact, downloaded the files that were ultimately viewed and determined to be child pornography," said Greg Shipley with the Maryland State Police.
Through an internet service provider, police traced the computer to the Harford County home where the investigation quickly turned to 25-year old Nicholas Cukr.
Cukr, whose parents claim is autistic, told police a former friend had viewed child porn on his computer months earlier, and he hadn’t had anything to do with him since.
But according to charging documents, investigators discovered 490 separate movie files, many of them depicting underage boys, and some had been downloaded just a week before the raid on the house.
While there’s on evidence that Cukr actually videotaped any children, police say downloading the files and sharing them fuels the perverted practice.
"This type of activity definitely contributes to the exploitation of children,” said Shipley, “There are children somewhere, whether they're in a third world country or whether they're here in the United States, who are being exploited sexually in this way."
Cukr faces four separate counts of child porn possession and distribution, and if he’s convicted, he could face up to 30 years behind bars.
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