More Porn Charges Filed Against Berlin Man

BERLIN – A Berlin man, already awaiting trial on 30 counts on possessing and promoting child pornography, was arrested again last week after a forensic analysis of his computer revealed more evidence that led to new charges.

In July, Kirt Barren Greenberg, 45, was arrested on possession and distribution of child pornography charges after a nearly year-long federal, state and local investigation into his alleged activities dating back to September 2009.

In November, Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) detectives received the results from the analysis of Greenberg’s computers, which displayed 27 images of child pornography. The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office was advised of the findings and a new warrant was sworn out for Greenberg’s arrest. Last Friday, Greenberg was located at his West Street residence in Berlin and was taken into custody again. In addition, during his arrest last Friday, Greenberg was found in possession of Percocet that was not prescribed to him and drug possession charges were tacked on.

Last January, WCBI detectives began investigating Greenberg for an alleged violation of the Peeping Tom law. During the investigation, it was learned a female juvenile had been living at Greenberg’s residence in Berlin on a temporary basis. Based on conversations the victim had with Greenberg during her time at his residence, she believed the suspect had videotaped her without her consent wearing little or no clothing.

Based on interviews with the victim, WCBI detectives in late February executed a search and seizure warrant on Greenberg’s Berlin home, recovering several computer hard drives that were turned over to the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes unit for analysis.

Through the WCBI investigation, it was learned that last September, the FBI began a parallel investigation into Greenberg’s possible possession and distribution of child pornography.

The FBI began investigating Greenberg when a special agent had logged into a public website in an undercover capacity and was allegedly invited by Greenberg to join his chat room.Once inside the chat room, the FBI special agent was able to download over 500 images of child pornography. Through its subsequent investigation, the FBI was able to track the source of the child pornography to Greenberg.

Greenberg’s latest troubles come on the heels of a conviction last month in Wicomico County on animal cruelty charges for leaving several dogs locked in a car at a Salisbury mall on a 100-plus degree day. One of the dogs perished. Greenberg was sentenced to nearly a year in jail for animal cruelty, but has since appealed the verdict and his sentence has been stayed.

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