2021 | Courts

Silver Spring man pleads guilty to child pornography possession

He served time in prison for previous pornography conviction

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A Silver Spring man pleaded guilty to having and viewing child pornography after being released from federal prison following a previous child pornography conviction, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

John Michael Raley, 51, was convicted of child pornography possession and distribution in the U.S. District Court of Maryland in 2012, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison and was released on Feb. 15, 2019.

After he was released, Raley got a secure digital memory card from someone he knew in prison, authorities said. The SD card contained thousands of images of child pornography, including boys younger than 12 and “depictions of sadistic conduct and violence,” the press release stated.

Raley told authorities that he had viewed the images and videos on his TV three or four times since being released from prison.

The FBI eventually got a warrant for the SD card and an examiner performed a forensic analysis, the press release stated.

Raley pleaded guilty on Thursday, and faces up to 10 years in prison, depending on whether Judge Paula Xinis accepts an agreement between prosecutors and Raley’s attorneys.

Raley is scheduled to be sentenced on March 24.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com