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Boston Police Assist Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in Sex Offender Arrest

The Boston Police Department assisted the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Unit with the arrest of a registered sex offender on Thursday after he solicited sex from a deputy posing as a 13-year-old girl online.

On April 28th, 2020, Daniel Louis O’Brien, 42, of Boston, Mass., made contact with a member of the Frederick County Cybercrime Task Force who was working in an undercover capacity as a 13-year-old female. Throughout the month long investigation, O’Brien solicited several sexual acts and planned to travel to Maryland to pick her up and help her run away from home. The Deputy posing as the underage female contacted the local authorities in Boston and worked closely with them to arrange for the arrest of O’Brien.

O’Brien is registered as a Tier III sex offender for attempted kidnapping and enticement of a child under 16. He was arrested in 2009 after traveling from Richmond, Va., to Littleton, Mass., in order to kidnap a real 12-year-old girl who he had been in communication with via the Internet.

O’Brien was arrested by members of the Boston Police Department on Thursday, May 28th, 2020. O’Brien was charged with Enticement of a Child Under Age 16, and was held on $50,000 bond. Additionally, O’Brien’s bond for a previously charged Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was revoked by the court, and O’Brien was held without bond on that charge. The Frederick County Cybercrime Task Force thanks members of the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

Despite the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office ICAC Unit continues to work to keep the children of Frederick County safe from online predators. The ICAC Unit would like to remind the citizens of Frederick County to discuss online safety with their children, and report any and all suspicious circumstances. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers helpful information and several resources on their website at www.missingkids.org. Citizens can make a report (CyberTip) on their website, or can also submit CyberTips by calling the center at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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