Upper Frederick man faces time behind bars for possessing child porn

An Upper Frederick man faces time behind bars after he admitted to possessing child pornography on his home computer.

David Ambroziak, 55, of the 1100 block of Valley Stream Drive, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to nine to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges of sex abuse of children, possessing child pornography, in connection with incidents that occurred in 2012. Ambroziak was due to report to jail on Nov. 1 to begin serving the sentence.

President Judge William J. Furber Jr. also ordered Ambroziak to complete five years’ probation after he’s paroled from jail, meaning he will be under court supervision for about seven years.

During the probationary period, Ambroziak will be monitored by officials of the probation department’s sex offender supervision division. Under such intensive supervision, probation officers can make unannounced visits to offenders’ homes and can require offenders to undergo counseling.

The judge also ordered Ambroziak to forfeit his computer to authorities as a condition of the sentence.

An investigation of Ambroziak began in November 2012 after undercover county detectives identified an Internet address, which eventually was linked to Ambroziak’s residence, as a potential source of sharing child pornographic files with others over a file sharing network, according to the arrest affidavit.

The videos that were made available by the Internet address depicted underage children being sexually assaulted by adults, according to the arrest affidavit. Detectives subsequently obtained subscriber information for the Internet address and determined the Internet customer was Ambroziak, according to arrest documents.

Detectives obtained a warrant to search Ambroziak’s home on Nov. 28, 2012, court documents indicate. When authorities arrived at the home Ambroziak’s wife was there and she immediately contacted her husband, detectives said. Ambroziak returned home about 20 minutes later, according to the arrest affidavit filed by county Detective David Schanes.

Ambroziak subsequently gave a statement to detectives and admitted to using a computer file sharing program “to obtain and share child pornography,” according to the criminal complaint. Ambroziak admitted to having at least 200 child pornographic images on his computer and on compact discs and DVDs, according to the arrest affidavit.

A forensic examination of the computers and media seized from Ambroziak’s home uncovered hundreds of videos that depicted children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual acts or posing in a sexually explicit manner, authorities alleged.

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