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Howard County Substitute Teacher Arrested For Downloading Child Pornography

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A substitute teacher from the Howard County Public School system has been arrested and charged with downloading child pornography.

According to published documents, 43 year old Jeremy Sykes of Hesperus Drive in Columbia was arrested Thursday night charged with two counts of child pornography after images that were made to Photobucket by an account were later linked to a computer in his home and to a computer at Folly Quarter Middle School where he had been a substitute teacher in the technology education department since October 2013.

Howard County police began an investigation after they were alerted December 19 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that numerous uploads of child pornography photos were made to Photobucket by an account that was later linked to Jeremy. Documents state that the first download occurred from a computer in his home and the second download occurred December 3 from a computer at the school where he taught.

Jeremy has been removed from the list of approved substitutes and banned from all Howard County Public School property.

After his arrest, he was released by the court on his own recognizance.

Howard County Police are urging anyone who may be able to offer further information on this case to contact the Howard County Police Child Abuse Section at 410-313-2630.



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