Former Law Enforcement Officer Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge for Possession of Child Pornography
Greenbelt, Maryland – Anthony Michael Mileo, 54, of Huntingtown, Maryland, pleaded guilty December 21, 2020, to the federal charge of possession of child pornography. At the time of his indictment in January 2020, Mileo was a Corporal with the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department and was a K9 handler.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge John Eisert of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Calvert County State’s Attorney Robert Harvey.
According to his plea agreement, on August 7, 2019, the Maryland State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit received a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possession of child sexual abuse material. The cybertip indicated that video files documenting child sexual abuse were uploaded to a document storage application account. The document storage application provided the contents of the account to investigators. The content included over a dozen video files depicting child sexual abuse and provided the IP address associated with the transfer of videos depicting child sexual abuse to the account on July 1, 2019.
As detailed in the plea agreement, investigators learned that the e-mail address was associated with Mileo and the IP addresses were associated with an Internet Service Provider account located at Mileo’s address in Calvert County, Maryland. On September 5, 2019, MSP obtained a search warrant for the contents of the e-mail account which revealed approximately 71 video files depicting child sexual abuse, including prepubescent minors and images depicting children in bondage being sexually abused. The video files included a series of known victims of child abuse identified through NCMEC. The e-mail account also contained non-contraband material, including employment information associated with Mileo.
On November 7, 2019, members of the MSP and HSI executed a search warrant at Mileo’s residence and recovered three cellular telephones. Mileo admitted during the plea hearing today that the files he uploaded depicting the sexual abuse of children could be accessed from any device with an Internet connection, including the cellular telephones recovered by investigators. For example, Mileo uploaded the document storage application onto his personal iPhone, which allowed him to access the images of child sexual abuse he had previously uploaded to the application.
Mileo previously faced related charges in Calvert County, but those charges were dismissed in favor of federal prosecution.
Mileo and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea, Mileo will be sentenced to between 48 months and 78 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis has scheduled sentencing for February 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.
DIRTBAG ROUNDUP: Maryland Cop Anthony M. Mileo charged with possession and distribution of child porn
HUNTINGTOWN, MD – Maryland State Police report that the agency’s Computer Crimes investigators arrested and charged a Maryland National Capitol Parks Police Officer, a resident of Calvert County, on Nov. 7, 2019, with the possession and distribution of child pornography via the internet.
The suspect is identified as Anthony Michael Mileo, 53, of 1453 Bidwell Lane, Huntingtown, Maryland. He is charged with seventeen counts of possession of child pornography and seventeen counts of distribution of child pornography. Mileo was arrested at his residence without incident. He was transported to Prince Frederick Barrack for processing and later taken to the Calvert County Detention Center.
In August of 2019, troopers from the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a CyberTip report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involving the distribution of child pornography online. The investigation led to the identification of Mileo and his residence in Calvert County. The investigation also revealed that Mileo is currently employed as a police officer with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Police Department.
Maryland State Police investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Mileo and shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2019, Detective Donald Frank placed him under arrest. Subsequent to the arrest, the Maryland State Police, along with Homeland Security Investigations, served a search warrant at Mileo’s residence. During the service of the search warrant, the Maryland State Police recovered several electronic devices which will be analyzed by the Maryland State Police Digital Forensics Laboratory.
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. Taskforce investigators focus on identifying those involved in child pornography via the Internet and other related crimes that victimize children.
Mileo was being held in the Calvert County Jail on a $100,000 bond pending a hearing in District Court and was released after the bond was posted the day of his arrest.
Officer Mileo has been employed with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as a K-9 Officer since March of 2014, according to his posting on LinkedIn. Prior experience was from August of 1988 to August of 2008 as a K-9 Handler in the Special Operations Unit of the Prince George’s County Police Department. His licenses and certifications include K-9 Handler Explosives and Firearms instructor. In addition, he has been a volunteer firefighter in PG County.
MILEO NOTES THE FOLLOWING ATTRIBUTES
ABOUT HIS SKILLS ON HIS LINKEDIN PROFILE
Resourceful Law Enforcement professional with 30 years of dedicated experience serving the citizens of Prince George’s County, possessing a personal commitment to upholding the highest standards of the Law Enforcement working with personnel through advanced and appropriate training.
• Disciplined leader with the proven ability to remain calm and deliver results in stressful situations.
• Capacity to excel at solving problems independently while incorporating sound advice from peers and superiors.
• Demonstrated ability to use discretion wisely while making positive impressions within the community I serve.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills; trustworthy in handling sensitive documentation.
• Ability to assist diverse populations with compassion, patience, and understanding.
• Adept at guiding, influencing, and empowering others to maintain law and order.
• Skilled at resolving conflicts and diffusing hostile situations under pressure.
• Enthusiasm for working with the community to create preventive solutions and encourage the potential for change.
Committed to working with Homeland Security, A.T.F, and the F.B.I., and neighboring Jurisdictions K-9 Teams to achieve the highest level of training with Explosives devices that could harm the community.