Courtesy Baltimore County Police
Courtesy Baltimore County Police

Police yesterday arrested a city prosecutor who specializes in handling juvenile cases after they say he distributed child porn on the internet. His boss, Marilyn Mosby, was quick to cut him loose from her staff.

On Tuesday, Baltimore County police cuffed and charged Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney Pat Moran with possession and distribution of child pornography. They showed up at his house in Nottingham around 5 a.m., served a search and seizure warrant and found photos and videos of child porn, as well as computers and storage devices that they are now inspecting at their digital evidence and multimedia facility.

The search came several months after they got a tip on July 12 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about web activity connected to child porn. Police linked it to an address on Kilkenny Circle. At some point in their investigation, detectives identified Moran as the suspect and learned he works in the city state’s attorney’s office.

Police noted that Moran was not found to have been producing any material, but had it in his home and on digital devices.

Moran was booked, charged and released yesterday on $150,000 bond.

The City State’s Attorney’s Office rightfully seems shocked by the arrest of someone within their ranks who works with juvenile cases. In a statement, top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said the allegations are “extremely troubling.”

“When these allegations involve our most vulnerable constituents, such as children, it makes it all the more despicable and disheartening,” she said. Mosby added that her office is taking the allegations very seriously and that they will fully cooperate with Baltimore County’s police department and state’s attorney’s office in their investigation.

Moran has hired defense attorney Andrew Alperstein to represent him in court. Alperstein’s office said they did not wish to comment on the case.

She also noted Moran is a “now former employee.” His preliminary trial hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 23 in Towson.

Ethan McLeod is an associate editor for Baltimore Fishbowl.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...