A Rockville police officer and Maryland National Guard member was arrested Friday on a child pornography charge, police say.
Daniel Joseph Morozewicz, of Frederick, Maryland, was detained without incident at the mass vaccination site at the Six Flags park in Bowie, Maryland, where he was on active duty, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said.
Frederick and state authorities in a joint investigation tracked Morozewicz’s internet usage from September through December and found he downloaded sexually explicit images and videos of pre-pubescent girls, the sheriff’s office said. A warrant was issued on Feb. 23.
Morozewicz was detained while performing duties at the virus site. At his home Friday, officers found images “clearly showing” child exploitation, authorities said.
"We are looked at in the community, in the public eye, as trusted members of the community," Todd Wivel, a Frederick County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, said. "So when somebody goes out and does something like this, it automatically makes them lose trust in, you know, that person, and just makes them question exactly what their motives are and what they're doing."
Morozewicz was booked at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, paid a $5,000 bond and released on his own recognizance, authorities said.
Court documents didn't list an attorney who could comment on Morozewicz's behalf.
Morozewicz is suspended from his Rockville police job for an unrelated matter in October 2020, authorities say. The Rockville Police Department said the suspension was a personnel matter.
He started working at the department in 2013 and was promoted to corporal in September 2018, the police department said.
Morozewicz joined the Maryland National Guard in February 2015, according to Major Kurt M. Rauschenberg, spokesperson for the Maryland National Guard.
"The Maryland National Guard takes these situations seriously and will cooperate with law enforcement agencies as needed," Rauschenberg said.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact FCSO lead Detective Joe McCallion at email@example.com, 301-600-1022 or 301-600-1046. The reference case number is #20-099037, authorities say.
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