A 48-year-old Middletown man is facing more than two dozen counts of dealing in child pornography following a raid at his home on Thursday.
Charles H. Hurd Jr. was taken into custody at his home in the 800 block of Woodline Drive in the Middletown Village neighborhood, less than a half-mile from Bunker Hill Elementary School.
Police searched Hurd’s home after investigators determined pornographic images of children were being sent and received from the residence, according to a spokesman for the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.
Officers later found multiple images of child pornography – including an image of a pre-teen girl engaged in a sex act with an adult male – on the computers and other digital media seized during the raid, he said.
“Thanks to our use of the latest technology, which allows us to identify those who receive and transmit child pornography, and also out strong partnership with Middletown Police and other agencies who commit staff and resources to this effort, we’re effectively tracking down predators who threaten our kids and take them off the streets,” Delaware Attorney Beau Biden said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
Hurd is charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography.
He is currently being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Smyrna on a $1.5 million secured bail, police said.
Hurd is the second Middletown-area man to be charged with dealing in child pornography online in the last two weeks.
Kevin Boone, a 20-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested May 23 at his home in the 300 block of Senator Drive in the Fox Hunter Crossing neighborhood, northwest of Middletown.
He also is charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography.