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booking photo of Peter PublicoA Corporal in the Towson University Police Department, Peter Publico (53) of the unit block of Lindsey Court, 21221, was arrested today and charged with two counts of distributing/promoting child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

The investigation began after police discovered that in February, Publico electronically distributed child pornography to others. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Publico on June 18 and he turned himself into police this morning. Publico is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit are investigating this incident. Anyone who may have additional information on this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

Baltimore County Police have charged Cameron Shane Giovanelli, former pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Dundalk, with a number of sexual assault charges stemming from a case involving a then 17-year-old student. Police believe there may be other victims and are hoping they will have the courage to come forward. 

Booking photo of Cameron Shane DiovanelliGiovanelli (42) now residing in Orange Park, Florida, is charged with the sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice, and 4th degree sexual offense stemming from illegal sexual contact he had with a student at the school between January and August of 2007. The abuse of the student began with unsolicited kissing and progressed, taking place nearly daily either within the school offices on church property or at other off-property locations.

An investigation was opened in May of 2018 when the victim reported the abuse to police. The completed investigation was submitted to the Office of the State's Attorney at which time the decision was made to charge Giovanelli. An arrest warrant was obtained and served on Monday when Giovanelli voluntarily turned himself in to police on Tuesday. He was released on his own recognizance at an initial bail hearing under the condition that he have no contact with any minor.

Based on information provided by the victim, police believe it is likely there are additional victims who were abused by Giovanelli during his time as pastor at the church and school located in the 7300 block of Manchester Road. Giovanelli was pastor there from 2003 through 2014. Anyone who may have additional information or was victimized by Giovanelli is encouraged to contact detectives from the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit by calling 410-853-3650.

UPDATE (March 8, 2018 8:11 a.m.):

Cody Jones has been located safe and returned home. Thank you for sharing his information in the effort to locate him quickly!

Original Release (March 8, 2018 6:51 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police continue their search for a missing 11-year-old boy, Cody Jones, from the 1000 block of Bayner Road in Essex.

Cody was last seen by friends around 8 p.m. at basketball practice at Deep Creek Middle School. Where he went after that, no one knows, but he never returned home.

Cody is approximately 4'10", 90 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes, and he has a birthmark on the right side of his neck. He was last seen wearing a light blue sweatshirt with dark blue horizontal stripes, blue jeans, brown Timberland boots, and a yellow vest with a blue hood.

Anyone who may have information on Cody's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or simply dial 9-1-1. Detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit are continuing the search for Cody Jones.

 
 
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