Gambrills man, 25, pleads guilty to collecting 'sadistic' child porn

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A 25-year-old Gambrills man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography after Anne Arundel County police located hundreds of images of prepubescent children on computers and other digital storage devices in his home, according to the office of Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Many of the images Robert Jay Hudson II had collected contained "sadistic and violent conduct" against children, including the rape of toddlers, prosecutors said.

According to the plea agreement, police were first notified that Hudson possessed child pornography in April 2011, after he let someone use his computer and that person saw the images.

Anne Arundel police officers obtained a warrant for Hudson's home and seized a desktop computer, hard drive and media player containing child pornography, including images of "prepubescent children in diapers and adults engaged in sadistic conduct with the children," prosecutors said.

Hudson found out about the search at his home while at work, left his job and was later found in the median of Route 3 in Crofton before being taken for medical treatment, prosecutors said.

More than six months later, in November 2011, an undercover Maryland State Trooper engaged Hudson in online chats and was able to download more child pornography, including images that showed "the sexual abuse of an infant," from a file-sharing program that Hudson was using, prosecutors said.

In chatting with the undercover officer, Hudson "expressed a sexual interest in children," and arranged to have a meeting with the officer where he believed he would receive more child pornography, prosecutors said.

Hudson was arrested at the meeting. Police then searched his new residence, where they "seized a laptop, hard drive and USB drive containing 627 images and 144 videos of child pornography with children under the age of 12, including sadistic and violent conduct," prosecutors said.

If a federal court in Baltimore accepts the plea deal, Hudson will serve between 87 and 108 months — or between seven and nine years — in prison, followed by supervised release for at least 15 years, prosecutors said.

Hudson would also have to register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works or goes to school.

Hudson will be sentenced Oct. 9.

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An earlier version of this article misidentified the court that will consider the plea. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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