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Maryland State Police News Release

Montgomery Co. Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

(Bethesda, MD) – A Montgomery County man was arrested today after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of possession of child pornography.

The suspect is identified as Charles Victor Kopfstein-Penk, 74, of Bethesda, Maryland.  He is charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Kopfstein-Penk was arrested at his residence without incident and taken to the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack for processing.

In February 2019, investigators from the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began an online investigation involving the possession of child pornography. Investigators discovered a person online actively pursuing the receipt of child pornography files. Further investigation led to the identification of the suspect and his residence in Montgomery County.

At about 5:10 a.m. today, the Maryland State Police, assisted by Homeland Security Investigations, served a search warrant at the identified residence. During the serving of the warrant, a preliminary forensic review of Kopfstein-Penk’s electronic devices revealed the presence of child pornography files. The devices were seized and will be analyzed by the Maryland State Police Digital Forensics Laboratory. Kopfstein-Penk was arrested without incident.

Kopfstein-Penk is a music teacher and gives lessons to people of all ages from his home.  Anyone with information relevant to this case may contact the Maryland State Police through the Maryland Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-637-5437.

The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit coordinates the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This is a combined law enforcement effort involving police departments across Maryland that is made possible in part due to grant funds provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) and by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Task force investigators focus on identifying those involved in child pornography via the Internet and other related crimes that victimize children.

Charles V. Kopfstein-Penk


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