CHILD SEX CRIMES SKYROCKET IN MD WITH KIDS ONLINE MORE: POLICE. Since online learning began, Maryland State Police have seen an influx of sex crimes against children. These counties are most at-risk.
December 14, 2020
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Predators have taken advantage of kids’ increased screen time during the coronavirus pandemic, the Maryland State police said. Potential cases of child sexual exploitation have skyrocketed, the agency added.
Through Dec. 7, state police had received 5,433 tips notifying the agency of potential sex crimes against children. That’s up from the 3,248 reported in all of 2019.
About 80 percent of this year’s tips come from one of six jurisdictions. Those places are listed below with their 2019 and 2020 counts through November of each year.