A decorated Navy veteran and vice president of a cybersecurity firm was arrested last week on charges that he distributed child pornography in an online chat group, according to court charging documents.

Gary Edward Davis, 47, was identified as the owner of a username “Taboo_Tendency,” an account that was involved in Kik messenger chatrooms in January where images and videos depicting child pornography were being freely distributed between members, according to the documents. Davis’ account distributed several video files that were seen by a sheriff’s deputy posing as a group member while monitoring the group as part of an investigation in Winnebago County in Wisconsin, the court documents state.

Davis was identified by name after information gathered in the investigation was forwarded to the FBI in Milwaukee later that month and a subpoena was sent to Kik messenger for information on several usernames, including Davis’, the documents state.

The investigation ultimately led to a federal search warrant being served Friday on Davis’ home in the 10900 block of Lace Leaf Lane, where Davis eventually admitted being the owner of the username, according to court documents.

Davis, who is vice president of a cybersecurity company that consults with the government, also told an FBI agent and Frederick County sheriff’s deputies that he had used a tablet device to engage in the chatrooms, but said he had stopped using the device and had since smashed it into pieces and disposed on it in the trash, the documents state.

At a bail review hearing Monday in Frederick County District Court, James N. Papirmeister, a private attorney hired to represent Davis, focused on Davis’ military service and lack of prior criminal offenses while downplaying his client’s admissions to law enforcement, suggesting that he may challenge how the statements were obtained.

“I know the court is concerned, [but] ... I am suggesting that the court place Mr. Davis on electronic home monitoring,” Papirmeister told Judge Dino E. Flores, adding that further restrictions like prohibiting Davis from having contact with any minors and ordering him to begin treatment at a special treatment facility would help ensure public safety and prevent Davis from reoffending.

While the judge agreed that Davis’ military service and record was beyond reproach, he nonetheless declined to grant Davis bail, saying that the “hideous” videos described in the charging documents and the fact that Davis was actively distributing them reinforced Flores’ decision.

“This is beyond mere possession of these awful, awful images,” Flores said.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

(17) comments

KellyAlzan

Sounds like they didn’t obtain any evidence.

Suspect mentioned destroying his device.

Somehow managed to get a confession.

Let’s see if his atty prevails and charges get dropped.

cindy62060

They didn't get the tablet but got the videos as he had been distributing them through Kik. Once you put something out there, it's also out there. Sounds like you are rooting for him?

rmaghan1

Of course she is, Kelly is a lefty Libby

rmaghan1

No evidence? Explain held without bail.

MLS62072

It's hard to ascertain if you are hoping his attny prevails. I sure hope he doesn't. This is the worst of the worst. Nothing the legal system can do to him will equal what prison justice will be like for him. He might be big, but he's a big ol softy, and they will punish him. He deserves every bit he gets. The checklist they had to cross off to finally make it to his porch with a federal warrant suggests to me that they have what they need to see to it that he is not a free man anytime soon. I feel for his wife and family.

Henry_Avery

Twitter.com/USN_CHIEF_PRIDE

frederickcountymd.gov/6816/Alternate-Delegates-to-the-Republican-Co

rmaghan1

Thank you Henry, maybe the FNP can hire you to dog this up in the future to keep the playing field even

rnrbug

Good for Judge Flores...key word here is "never caught".

bnick467

Having gotten caught, I don't think he should be referred to as a "cybersecurity expert".

public-redux

Lol.

Kinda like psychics being surprised.

public-redux

Also, kind of like a gathering of faith healers cancelling a gathering because of Covid-19

https://www.charismanews.com/us/80349-morris-cerullo-s-worldwide-legacy-event-postponed-due-to-covid-19-pandemic

gabrielshorn2013

[beam][beam][beam][thumbup] public!

richardlyons

[lol][thumbup]

rmaghan1

FNP- where’s the mugshot? Does his background and prestige in the business world entitle him a pass re: the perp walk unlike most others arrested in Frederick?

Russian

No photo = wealthy white republican

lobo4109

Look at facebook page

d1234

FB him. Full name.

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