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Original release (October 30, 2015  12:41 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police will be keeping an eye on sex offenders that are not allowed to have contact with children this Halloween.

Out of the hundreds of registered sex offenders in Baltimore County, only about 10% have what is called a “no contact order” as part of their probation. This, in effect, prohibits them from handing out candy to children on Halloween. Registered sex offenders that are not under such an order are not prohibited from giving candy out to children.

Undercover officers will be watching the residences of persons with a no contact order and will be coordinating with Parole and Probation Agents.

Anyone who suspects that someone who has a no contact order is giving candy to children is asked to call detectives at 410-887-5584.  Any other suspicious activity can be reported by calling communications at 410-887-2222.

Photo of David Gaine, charged in child pornography case. A 58-year-old Owings Mills man has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography after a months-long investigation in which detectives found thousands of sexually explicit images of young children on his home computer and other electronic devices. 

David Michael Gaine, of the 9300 block of Fitzharding Lane, has been released on $125,000 bail. He turned himself in to the Towson precinct this morning. 

An investigation by BCoPD’s Crimes Against Children Unit began in November 2013 following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Forensic examination of Gaine’s computers and electronic devices show that he possessed well over 5,000 images and videos containing child pornography. 

The images depict pubescent and prepubescent boys and girls, including babies and toddlers. The forensic examination of the computers also shows that Gaine participated in chat rooms with others interested in child pornography. 

The investigation remains open and ongoing. 

Gaine has been a Baltimore County employee for 11 years, working as an inspector for the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections. He has been suspended with pay since the investigation began; Baltimore County intends to terminate his employment now that he has been charged. 

The investigation has included an exhaustive examination of whether Gaine downloaded or viewed child pornography using county equipment or on county time. Detectives have found no evidence that this occurred.

Schools re-open January 2, 2014 and Baltimore County police will be on the lookout over the next few weeks for drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to pick up or discharge students. Drivers put County children at risk for serious injury or death when passing a stopped school bus.

Maryland law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the street if there is no physical divider or barrier. Drivers may not pass the bus until all lights have ceased flashing.

  • Drivers passing school buses while the lights are flashing will be fined $570 and issued a 3-point penalty on their record.
  • Drivers who stop but then proceed while the lights are flashing will be fined $570 and a 2-point penalty will be charged.
  • If an accident occurs after the driver has stopped then proceeds to pass the bus, he or she will be fined $610 and will be charged 3-points.

Police will be patrolling throughout the County and will ticket drivers who do not obey. When a driver is pulled over, officers will check to see if the person has a valid operator’s license. The vehicle’s registration will be checked as well to see if there are any outstanding tickets. If a driver has a revoked or suspended license, he or she will be taken into custody.

Children don’t always pay attention when crossing the street. Be a responsible driver and stop when a school bus is loading and unloading students.

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