By: Courtney Tubbs | 12-17-2018 | PedoGate
Photo credit: Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

Pedophile Student at the University of Maryland Lured Children Using Snapchat

An alleged pedophile is now in custody who attended the University of Maryland in Baltimore County after law enforcement say that 21-year-old Jake Tyler Patterson used Snapchat to lure underage children and shared child pornography.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office says that Jake Tyler Patterson was subjected to an investigation which spanned nearly six months, beginning in August of 2018.

Patterson lived at the 2200 block of Mount Ephraim Road, in Adamstown, Maryland.

The agency says they received numerous tips about Patterson allegedly using the once-popular social media application Snapchat in order to fulfill his perverse desires.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and police officials from Baltimore County, as well as the University of Maryland (UMBC) all provided the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office with resources amidst the investigation, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Through various court order subpoenas, search warrants, and assistance from the FBI, Jake Tyler Patterson was identified as the suspect.

On Friday, the combined law enforcement agencies raided the University of Maryland in Baltimore County with an arrest warrant for Jake Tyler Patterson on numerous counts including those related to child pornographic materials.

Patterson was arrested without incident, according to the Sheriff's Office, and later confessed to the crimes.

Jake Patterson was then transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center without bail, with a bail hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon.

He's being charged with four counts related to soliciting and permitting a child to be the subject of pornographic material, according to an online search of court records. 

All four of the offenses took place between July 21st and December 6th, according to official records.

If you or anyone you know has additional information about Jake Tyler Patterson or this case, you're urged to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 301-600-1046 where you can remain anonymous.

Members of the public who have information about child-sexual predators are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.

They can also submit a tip over the internet by completing ICE’s online form by clicking here.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.

You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.

The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from Apple's App Store and iTunes; the Android version is also available via Google Play Store.

It is also time that we as a society hold our elected officials accountable in demanding stricter punishments be enforced with tough new legislation against anyone who would victimize a child, of either life imprisonment, of capital punishment. Oftentimes, they are released and re-offend. There is no rehabilitation for child sex offenders.

Click here to find your elected officials in the House of Representatives.

Click here to find your elected officials in the United States Senate.

When a child is reported missing to law enforcement, federal law requires that child be entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, also known as NCIC.

According to the FBI, in 2017 there were 464,324 NCIC entries for missing children. Similarly, in 2016, the total number of missing children entries into NCIC was 465,676.

During the last 33 years, NCMEC’s national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST© (1-800-843-5678), has received more than 4.8 million calls.

NCMEC has circulated billions of photos of missing children, assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 284,000 missing children and facilitated training for more than 356,000 law enforcement, criminal/juvenile justice and healthcare professionals.

NCMEC’s Team HOPE volunteers have provided resources and emotional support to more than 63,000 families of missing and exploited children.

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