A former Maryland police officer and member of the National Guard who pleaded guilty to possession of more than 12,300 depictions of child pornography has been sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison and fined $14,000, it was announced. officials on Friday.
Daniel Morozewicz, 38, downloaded and distributed young children’s pornography in late 2020 to early 2021 while employed as a police officer in Rockville, Maryland, outside the nation’s capital, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. Maryland. He also repeatedly distributed pornography to plainclothes law enforcement officers.
Morozewicz was arrested in March 2021 while serving as a Maryland National Guardsman at a mass vaccination clinic.
According to his plea agreement, Morozewicz took steps “to hinder or obstruct” the investigation by factory resetting an iPhone and disposing of an Apple computer after learning that federal agents were planning to speak to him.
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Yet investigators uncovered thousands of depictions of child pornography, including hundreds of baby and toddler abuse.
His federal prison sentence will be followed by a lifetime supervised release. A lawyer representing Morozewicz did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Morozewicz had worked for the Rockville Police Department since 2013 and had been a member of the National Guard since 2015, The Washington Post previously reported.