Maryland State Police Arrest Allegany County Man On Child Pornography Charges

Cledith Polson | Photo from Maryland State Police

Cumberland, Md. – A man from Allegany County was arrested and charged Thursday morning after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of possession of child pornography.

The suspect is identified as Cledith Polson, 42, of Cumberland, Maryland. He is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and four counts of distribution of child pornography.

Polson was arrested on Thursday without incident. He is being held without bond at the Allegany County County Detention Center.

In June 2022, troopers from the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began an online investigation involving the distribution and possession of child pornography. Investigators obtained media files of child pornography that were being distributed online. Further investigations led to the identification of the suspect and his residence in Allegany County.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday, troopers arrested Polson at his residence. A preliminary forensic review of his electronic devices seized at the residence revealed multiple child pornography files.