CHILD PORN PAIR BUSTED: Ocean City Police Officer Charles Zukas retired in 2021; turned himself into State Police Barrack for multiple counts of possession of child porn

CHILD PORN PAIR BUSTED: Ocean City Police Officer Charles Zukas retired in 2021; turned himself into State Police Barrack for multiple counts of possession of child porn

BERLIN, MD – The Maryland State Police report that Troopers arrested two men after an investigation developed evidence of possession of child pornography in Worcester County.

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The suspects are identified as Charles Thomas Zukas, 60, of 115 Austin Circle, Berlin, Md, and Jodie Veter Orr, 25, both of Berlin, Maryland.  Zukas retired as an Ocean City Police officer in 2021 and may have to collect his pension in prison if convicted.

Zukas is charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography. Orr is charged with 33 counts of possession of child pornography. Both surrendered themselves to the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack, where they are being held pending an initial appearance in front of a District Court Commissioner.

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Beginning in March 2022, the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Eastern Region initiated an investigation into the possession of child pornography. On March 16, 2022, troopers served a search warrant at the identified residence of the suspects. A preliminary forensic review of the suspects’ electronic devices revealed multiple child pornography files.

Zukas was arrested by Maryland State Trooper J. Pruitt. A trial is set for January 27, 2022, for twenty counts of possession of child pornography. According to Maryland court records, on December 20th, District Court Judge Gerald V. Purnell ordered him held without bond until his trial.

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