Former Maryland State Government Official, Mathew Palmer Pleads Guilty to the Distribution of Child Pornography
Baltimore, MD (STL.News) Mathew Palmer, age 44, of Severna Park, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography. At the time of the conduct, Palmer held positions with the Maryland state government, including as Deputy Legislative Officer for the Maryland Governor’s Office and Chief Operating Officer with the Maryland Department of Commerce.
The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; and Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
“The exploitation of children is a serious threat and problem that has grown over the course of the pandemic,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lenzner. “Individuals like Palmer who trade and possess this illegal material online are essentially facilitating an underground criminal market. This case should serve as a reminder that law enforcement will pursue anyone who endangers children, and that no one is above the law.”
“No crime affects us more deeply than the sexual abuse of innocent children.