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Former Baltimore police officer sentenced in youngster pornography case

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

A former Baltimore police officer was sentenced Thursday to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III also ordered James Robert Wissman IV to register as a sex offender upon his release. Wissman, 35, was suspended on July 31, 2019, after a search warrant was executed on his Baltimore home. He subsequently resigned.

In his plea agreement, Wissman admitted that in 2017, using fake names and fake email addresses, he created accounts on an app that lets users join a “room” where they can message, video chat, watch videos and images and share files with others. He used those accounts to send and receive child pornography and discuss the sexual exploitation of children. The service identified Wissman’s accounts as sharing contraband files, shut them down and reported the activity to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Every time he had accounts shut down, Wissman would create a new one to engage in the same activity. Besides using fake names and emails, he purchased a Virtual Private Network and used the Tor network to conceal his information. In 2018 and 2019, he created at least seven separate accounts after being banned. On Oct. 22, 2018, the service sent five reports to NCMEC, all of which contained images that depicted naked prepubescent girls.

On July 31, 2019, investigators executed a search warrant on his home. They seized his laptop, removable digital media and cell phones. A subsequent forensic examination found images and videos of child pornography on his laptop.

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