A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Frederick man to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography after an investigation found he had more than 600 videos and images of children under 12 engaged in sexual conduct, including sadistic acts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.
Emil Moldovan, 40, also must register after his release as a sex offender in the place where he resides, works or attends school and remain under lifetime supervision as part of the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr., said Vickie E. LeDuc, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
On June 28, 2011, an undercover Internet investigation identified an image of child pornography being downloaded from a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to a computer at Moldovan’s address, according to the plea agreement filed in federal court.
Investigators obtained a search warrant and seized his computer and an electric media player’s data storage with more than 200 videos and 300 photos that he had downloaded.
It was Moldovan’s second conviction for child pornography. He was arrested in 2006 after an investigation by Maryland State Police resulted in a search of his home and the discovery of thousands of images that he had downloaded onto a computer, according to court records.
A Frederick County Circuit Court judge sentenced him in 2007 to eight years in prison, suspending all but 18 months.
The federal investigation was part of Project Safe Childhood, an ongoing nationwide initiative that began in 2006 because of what prosecutors called an “epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.