Task force arrests child sex offenders throughout state
The Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested 58 people during “Operation Broken Heart,” a nationwide, two-month initiative targeting offenders of child sexual exploitation. A press release states that 17 of those arrests were made by Maryland State Police investigators.
Maryland State Police was one of 61 task forces included in “Operation Broken Heart,” and included 320 investigations, 110 search warrants and public outreach sessions during April and May.
Included in the sweep was Rae-Kwaughn Shyheim Milburn, a 22-year-old Lexington Park resident, who was ordered to be held without bond in April on 15 child-pornography charges, through an application alleging that in addition to 52 videos and 20 images of suspected child pornography listed in a report from a search of the suspect’s phone, his Dropbox account included about “5,700 images [or] videos that were categorized as child pornography, per the federal guidelines, and approximately 24,000 images [or] videos, [some including] child erotica,” according to charging papers. His case was transferred last week to circuit court.
Maryland’s ICAC task force is comprised of police agencies statewide. They concentrated on those offenders who possess, manufacture and distribute child pornography and who engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes. They also targeted crimes including child prostitution and possible human trafficking.
Arrest made after gunshot reports in Lexington Park
St. Mary’s sheriff’s office responded to a reported assault and possible shooting in Lexington Park early Monday morning. After residents did not respond to what police said were “numerous attempts” of contact, officers entered the home on Chestnut Way and investigated. Police said Justin Lane Johnson, 32, of Lexington Park had assaulted and injured a victim. There were no firearms involved or gunshots, according to the sheriff office. Johnson was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.
Mechanicsville woman accused of punching, biting
Madeline Reese Bradley, 22, was charged with second-degree assault on Tuesday. Police responded to a Mechanicsville home and served Bradley with a protective order against the victim after a complaint was made, according to court documents. After police left, a different victim, who was identified as Bradley’s mother, said the defendant started an argument, punched her in face and bit her in the chest, Deputy Rachel Roszell of the St. Mary’s sheriff office, said in a court document. The officer said she saw a cut on the victim’s ear, a bite mark on her chest and redness on her face and neck.
Sheriff posts crime news on blog
The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office posts news and information on incidents and arrests, including photographs of suspects, online at http://firstsheriff.blogspot.com.
The sheriff’s office also posts surveillance images and other information on the website when the public’s assistance is being sought during ongoing investigations, and the website’s links include access to NIXLE alerts and sheriff’s office Twitter posts.
Email addresses can be entered on the website, to receive a daily sheriff’s office summary of information.
In addition, the sheriff’s office posts photos on Instagram, under the username stmaryssheriff, along with the agency’s ongoing entries on its Facebook page.
Sheriff’s office offers online reporting option
The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office offers citizens a web-based method to report minor crimes where there is no suspect information or other investigative leads. The online reporting system can be used to report any suspicious incidents, lost property, theft, or vandalism.
When no suspect is known or seen in connection with these incidents, the sheriff’s office urges residents to use the online reporting system, including in cases involving missing cellphones, wallets and other items of value.
If information about a suspect is known, residents should continue to call the sheriff’s office’s non-emergency line at 301-475-8008, for a deputy to be dispatched to take a report of the incident. As always, if there is an emergency, a crime in progress, or an immediate need for medical assistance, dial 911.
The sheriff’s office has described the online reporting system as a valuable adjunct to direct contact with the sheriff’s office in situations where the citizen reporting the offense does not know who committed the crime. The new program saves crime victims time when reporting a minor offense, according to the sheriff, and it allows deputies to perform their investigations more efficiently.
Citizens can access the reporting system by going online to www.firstsheriff.com/citizenreport, or through the sheriff’s office website at www.firstsheriff.com. For more information, call 301-475-8008.
Reward offered for tips in cases
Citizens with information about unsolved crimes in St. Mary’s can collect a cash reward by calling St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301-475-3333. They can withhold their name and later collect their reward through a number-identification system.
The Crime Solvers program assists law enforcement in solving open investigations that may not have been closed without the extra incentive of anonymity and an offer of a reward, providing the information leads to an arrest or indictment.
The Crime Solvers board of directors meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the county’s Northern Senior Center in Charlotte Hall.
Contributions to the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers reward fund can be mailed to St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. at P.O. Box 221, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. is a designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The full amount of gifts is tax deductible to the extent of the law, since no goods or services were provided in relation to the contribution.
St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. does not receive any taxpayer dollars to help in its efforts. All money is raised through Crime Solvers’ fundraising efforts, and donations from businesses and the public.
Sheriff welcomes text-message tips
Cellphones and other handheld communication devices can be used to send text messages with tips for the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, by texting TIP239, plus the message, to CRIMES, numerically 274637. For more information on the text-message program, go online to www.smscrimetips.com.
Police tips line open
Maryland State Police in Leonardtown operate a Tips Line at 410-257-4925 or 888-210-1450, inviting anyone with information about a crime that has occurred, or they expect may occur, to anonymously report that information 24 hours a day to authorities. Information also can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and police investigators can be followed on Facebook at CED-Central South.