Police Press Release - November 3, 2020
Criminal Investigation Division
Child Abuse Unit
Possession of Child Pornography (Arrest) / Glen Burnie
On April 24, 2020, the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit initiated an investigation in reference to a report of a specific account that was directly associated in uploading child pornographic images to a particular internet site. The information was provided by the “National Center for Missing and Exploited Children” (NCMEC) which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization.
As the result of issuing and executing several court orders, detectives identified an address involved with uploading child pornography. On June 11, 2020, detectives executed a residential search warrant at an address in the 400 block of Hideaway Loop in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Numerous digital devices were taken into custody and secured in order that the devices could be analyzed. The suspect, identified as Phillip Beaumont Helmbright, a sixty-eight year old male of the same address was on scene.
After receiving the results from the forensic extraction, child pornography was recovered as evidence. Child Abuse detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Phillip Helmbright charging him with nine counts of possession of child pornography. On November 2, 2020, Phillip Helmbright was placed under arrest without incident.
The Anne Arundel County Police is urging anyone with information on this incident or the suspect to contact the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-4733. One can also remain anonymous by calling the Anne Arundel County Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.