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Original release (July 5, 2016  5:14 p.m.):

Officers at the Wilkens precinct are investigating extensive vandalism that occurred last week at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue.

Police are investigating this as a possible bias related crime because of information provided by the pastor that she believes the church has been victimized before because of its open acceptance of gays and lesbians. The church flies a gay unity flag on its doorstep. Police responded to a previous incident involving theft of this unity flag.

Officers responded to the church at about 9:40 a.m. June 30. The pastor told them that someone had broken into the church over night and ransacked it. Police found smashed windows, file cabinets opened and furniture and other items broken and strewn about. A fire extinguisher had been used to spray throughout the church, damaging many items including church pew cushions.

In the music room, various inflammatory phrases were written on a dry erase board. These included, "666," "Hail Satan," WTF is Jezus?" and "Death 2 All."

Police believe the crime occurred some time between 7:30 p.m. on June 29 and 9:40 a.m. on June 30.

This is an open investigation. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information about this crime should call BCoPD at 410-307-2020.

On August 21 at 12:03 p.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Shiloh Baptist Church in the 2400 block of Sycamore Avenue 21219 for a report of a child in cardiac arrest.

The initial investigation into the incident has indicated that a woman who worked at the church had arrived and was going to drop off her 13-month-old foster child, a girl, at the daycare center next to the church. She began to speak with someone in a parking lot, walked into the church, and left the child in the car. When she returned to the car, she found the child in cardiac arrest. The woman immediately called 911 and started CPR.

The child, Paris Bena Hall of the unit block of Horseman Court, 21133, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she was declared deceased later that day.

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

Booking photo of Gregory Gibson, charged with child pornography.A 63-year-old Cockeysville man who is a youth group leader at a local church has been charged with possession and distribution of hundreds of thousands of pornographic images of extremely young children.

Gregory W. Gibson, of the 10300 block of Malcolm Circle, 21030, is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $750,000 bail. He was arrested Thursday at his home.

Detectives in BCoPD's Crimes Against Children Unit say this is one of the most serious child pornography cases they have ever seen. Police so far have discovered about 250,000 pornographic images of extremely young, prepubescent children -- mostly girls -- on Gibson's computers and hard drives. These are disturbing images depicting child sexual abuse and explicit sex acts and erotica involving children.

Youth Group Leader

Gibson leads a youth group at the Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore, 1800 Cromwell Bridge Rd., Parkville, for children ranging in age from 9 through college age. Also, Gibson's wife has been operating an unlicensed daycare operation from the home; police have notified authorities of the illegal daycare operation.

There is no indication at this time that Gibson has abused children or used children he knows to produce pornographic material; however, the investigation remains ongoing.

The investigation began in February, when detectives identified online child pornography they traced through computer forensics to Gibson. Search and seizure warrants were executed at Gibson's home and place of employment on April 16; detectives seized computers and hard drives belonging to Gibson containing a massive amount of child pornography.

During interviews with detectives, Gibson said he struggles with his need to view child pornography and admitted to downloading and sharing child pornography.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017