MD State Police
January 20, 2017
Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged a Talbot County man with multiple counts of possession of child pornography as a result of an Internet crimes investigation.
The suspect is identified as Harry H. Rieck III, 59, of Easton, Md. He is charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Rieck was charged on a criminal summons, which was served on him yesterday after he responded to the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack.
The investigation began in November 2016, when Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information about an Internet user actively downloading images of child pornography online, using a peer-to-peer network. The investigation led to the identification of a residence and a search warrant was obtained. Investigators served a search warrant in mid-December 2016 at the residence and recovered computers and related electronic equipment belonging to the suspect.
A forensic preview was conducted at the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit forensic laboratory. Investigators found multiple images of known child pornography. State Police investigators applied for criminal charges and a criminal summons was issued.
The forensic examination of the computer equipment is continuing. Additional charges are possible.
The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of 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.
Harry H. Rieck III ran and won election this past fall for Talbot County School Board. He did resign due to personal reasons before taking office.
He did serve on the Talbot County School Board in 2008 as he completed a term of a member who resigned due to health reason. He lost the election later in that year. He also ran for Talbot County Council in 2010, but lost in the primary.