73-Year-Old Gaithersburg, Maryland Sex Offender Indicted For Possession And Distribution of Child Pornography

73-year-old Bruce Ralph Sturtz of Gaithersburg, Maryland has been indicted for possession and distribution of child pornography. The indictment was returned on February 25, 2019 and unsealed on March 4, 2019. The indictment alleges that Sturtz distributed child pornography over the Internet on March 23, 2017.

Sturtz is also accused of possessing child pornography on October 25, 2017. The indictment contains a special allegation that Sturtz had a prior conviction involving sexual abuse of a minor. It alleges that Sturtz was convicted of a third-degree sexual offense on October 6, 2000.

If convicted, Sturtz will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years for possession of child pornography. He will also face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison for distribution of child pornography.

At this point in time, the individual is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Further details can be found here.

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