Columbia Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

A 45-year-old Columbia man was arrested last Thursday by Maryland State Police, charged with multiple counts of owning, possessing and distributing child pornography. Jose G. Rodriguez, a resident in the 5600 block of Steven Forest Road, was detained by officers from the Computer Crimes Unit after they conducted a search of his home, pursuant to a warrant. Officials say they received information recently that led them to initiate an investigation. During the course of that investigation, they identified Rodriguez as being involved in the dissemination of child pornography.

A spokesperson for the Maryland State Police said the investigation began in late February when they received an internet-based tip. During the search last Thursday, conducted jointly by the state police and by Homeland Security agents, officers found evidence of child pornography on his cell phone.

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