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Former Perry Hall TSA Agent Awaiting Child Porn Trial

Police allegedly found files containing child pornography on Michael Scott Wilson's personal computers in September 2011.

Six months after he was first arrested, a Perry Hall man and is awaiting a federal trial on , officials said.

Baltimore County criminal charges against , 41, were dropped last month so he could receive federal charges, according to Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger. 

"Typically, we send some cases to the federal government where the penalties may be greater. We do that on a fairly regular basis," Shellenberger said.

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Wilson was indicted in federal court on Feb. 28 and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, said Vickie LeDuc, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

During an initial court appearance on March 2, Wilson pleaded not guilty, Leduc said. As of Monday, no further court dates had been scheduled.

Wilson's attorney, Robert C. Bonsib, confirmed the adjustment in charges and said it was a decision by prosecutors.

ABC2 News first reported that Wilson had been federally charged on March 18.

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Baltimore County's Crimes Against Children unit first traced files containing child pornography to Wilson's Perry Hall home in the 9900 block of Redwing Drive in September 2011, .

Police arrested Wilson on Sept. 27 and found additional files containing child pornography on his laptop and desktop computers after police searched his home, said Detective Cathy Batton, a county police spokeswoman.

At the time of his arrest, Wilson worked as a Transportation Security Administration agent at Baltimore Washington International Airport, according to TSA spokesman Kawika Riley.

Wilson's federal indictment focuses on two files—one containing a video of a prepubescent girl performing multiple sex acts with an adult male and another photograph of a nude prepubescent girl, according to LeDuc.

Files were believed to have been shared across state lines, which helped qualify the case for federal charges, she said.

As Wilson awaits federal trail, stipulations of his release include travel restrictions, collection of his DNA and medical and psychological treatment. He is also not allowed any unsupervised contact with a minor, she said.

Bill Fisher March 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM
There hasn't been anything comparable to TSA in the past 16 months. No other agency of similar size has anywhere near the same level of crime nor have the crimes been as serious and reprehensible. One TSA Security Director was even indicted for murder. Two other screeners in Orlando, where thousands of kids visit Disney, were arrested for raping children. Read the list below below and judge for yourself. TSA Crimes & Abuses bit.ly/TravelUndergroundTSAabuses
Other Tim March 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The're coming to take me away, hehe, haha, hoho!
Paul Amirault March 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Bill, you have quoted statistics from some source that appears to track TSA agents illegal acts. I am curious where are the comparables. As all walks of life have these criminals, how do TSA agents compare? I find it hard to believe they exist at higher rates in TSA then elsewhere. Exception of course where contact with children is more frequent like priests, certain Penn St coach, etc.
Ryan March 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Tim, I agree with you that Israel does it better, but I doubt you would like why they do it better. It is because they profile, they don’t randomly pick an 85 year old grandmother in line with her whole family. They only pick people that they think could be terrorists. I am all for this, but from reading your previous posts I doubt you would be for this.
Other Tim March 30, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Best as I could find, there are 58,401 people working for TSA. You say 62 were arrested. That is one tenth of one percent arrested. Pretty low number arrested. How many convictions?

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