Sting Operation Leads To Pornography Arrest

SNOW HILL — A Silver Spring, Md. man was behind bars in the Worcester County Jail last week after allegedly sexually soliciting and sending images of child pornography to a local teenage girl.

Last Tuesday, the Maryland State Police forwarded a case involving child pornography and solicitation to the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI). Detectives met with the complainant, the father of a 14-year-old girl who had allegedly been sexually solicited and sent pornography images by a suspect identified as Hector Ochoa-Barrios, 28, of Silver Spring.

WCBI detectives assumed the identity of the 14-year-old victim and continued communication with Ochoa-Barrios. The suspect again sexually solicited whom he thought was the juvenile and expressed an interest in meeting her to engage in various sexual activities.

Detectives arranged to meet with Ochoa-Barrios in Snow Hill last Thursday. Ochoa-Barrios traveled over two-and-a-half hours to meet the victim and arrived in Snow Hill and was taken into custody. He has been charged with two counts of sexual solicitation of a minor, child pornography promotion and distribution, possession of child pornography and identity fraud, the latter for allegedly using a false Social Security number.

During a subsequent interview, Ochoa-Barrios admitted to having a sexual interest in young females and to downloading and having child pornography on his cell phone and on a tablet in his vehicle. He also admitted possessing and using a Social Security number that did not belong to him.

Ochoa-Barrios is classified as a “non-immigrant overstay” and he has been entered into the immigration system. As of last Thursday, he was being held in the Worcester County Jail.