A former Baltimore County firefighter has been federally indicted for allegedly filming himself performing sexual acts on one male child, and making an explicit video of another. Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, faces two counts of producing child pornography and one count of possessing it. Police announced in October that Cottle, who is from Owings Mills, had been arrested and he also faces state sex offense charges.
Police said at the time they think he abused two 14-year old boys this summer while he was living with one of their families in Halethorpe. He was suspended from the fire department without pay, police said.
Scott Shellenberger, the State's Attorney for Baltimore County, said state proceedings will be put on hold for now.
"Typically we'll wait and see how the federal charges turn out," he said. "The reason that the federal people take these cases is because they end up getting substantially better sentences in federal court."
Written by The Baltimore Sun