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Original release (June 23, 2016  6:20 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 53-year-old man.

John Sheets is a Caucasian male, 5’7”, weighing 135 pounds. It is not known what he might be wearing.

Sheets is homeless and frequents the area around Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore City. He was reported missing on May 20.

The search for Sheets is being led by the Baltimore County Police Missing Persons Unit.

Anyone with information on John Sheets is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (June 23, 2016  8:23 a.m.):

From the U.S. Attorney's Office:

At a detention hearing held on June 21, 2016 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark J. Coulson ordered that Paul Bollinger, age 56, of Windsor Mill, Maryland, be detained pending trial. Bollinger, a Howard County gymnastics coach, was charged by federal complaint on June 17, 2016, with possessing and distributing child pornography. 
 
The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone who believes they may have information related to the investigation is asked to call one of the following hotline numbers: 
 
FBI at 410-265-8080
HSI at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.
   

UPDATE (June 17, 2016):

From the U.S. Attorney's Office:

Paul Daniel Bollinger was charged in a federal complaint today with possessing and distributing child pornography.

More information is available from the U.S. Attorney's website : https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/howard-county-gymnastics-coach-charged-federal-court-possessing-and-distributing-child

UPDATE (May 26, 2016  3:46 p.m.):

When Baltimore County Police served the search and seizure warrant on the suspect's home yesterday, they found a picture of a girl that was not pornographic. Detectives identified the girl and found she was a former Top Flight student. Contact has been made with the girl's family.

After a bail review this afternoon, Paul Daniel Bollinger remains held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $2.5 million bail.

Anyone with information on the suspect or this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Original release (May 26, 2016 7:56 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a gymnastics instructor in connection with possession and distribution of child pornography.
 
Paul Daniel Bollinger (56) of the 7600 block of Gladstone Road 21244 has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $2.5 million bail.
 
The investigation began in May when a detective with the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit developed information on the possible distribution of child pornography online.  Further investigation led detectives to the home of 56-year-old Paul Daniel Bollinger in Windsor Mill. On May 25, detectives served a search and seizure warrant on Bollinger’s home and recovered a computer and numerous digital media storage devices. A preliminary review of the computer and devices revealed that they contained in excess of 30,000 images and videos of child pornography. The suspect was then taken into custody.
 
The computer and numerous digital media storage devices recovered during the search warrant will undergo a detailed forensic examination by the Baltimore County Police Digital and Multimedia Evidence Unit.
 
Detectives also learned that Bollinger had been a gymnastics coach for 25 years and currently teaches at Top Flight Gymnastics in Columbia Maryland.

Further investigation has indicated that he is sexually attracted to children and writes stories about having sex with children.
 
Investigation at this time has not indicated that Bollinger is involved in the production of child pornography.
 
This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crimes against Children Unit.
 
Anyone with information on the suspect or this case is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.
 
The Baltimore County Crimes against Children Unit is a member of the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force comprises police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

Booking Photograph of Paul Daniel Bollinger

Original release (June 22, 2016  8:17 a.m.):

A 14-year-old boy from Essex has died after being found unresponsive in the deep end of a pool.

Police responded to the Harbor Point Estates Community Pool in the unit block of Nerbay Road 21221 just before 9:30 p.m. Monday night. When they arrived on the scene, they found an unresponsive boy next to the pool. He was transported to Franklin Square Hospital and then transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he died Tuesday morning.

The boy has been identified as 14-year-old Meshach Praise Massally of the 1100 block of Middleborough Road 21221.

The investigation into this indicated that Massally and other juveniles had entered the pool area after hours. Some people got into the pool while others threw pool furniture in. Massally, who could not swim, had been in the shallow end of the pool. He was later found in the deep end of the pool and pulled from the water.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. The Homicide Unit investigates all sudden deaths of juveniles.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016