Media Advisory: Hanover Man to be Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Korey Vaughn Hamilton Payne, 21, of Hanover, will be sentenced by Judge Ronald A. Silkworth on Tuesday, September 26 for five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

On July 19, 2016, an Anne Arundel County Police detective conducted an online investigation for offenders sharing child pornography over the internet. The detective directed his attention to a specific IP address after establishing it was associated with at least one file known to be of interest to child pornography investigations.

After identifying the IP address as being assigned to the home of Korey Payne's mother, where Payne resided at the time, police obtained a search warrant for the address. A search by police found external storage devices which contained child pornography next to Payne's ID card and other possessions. Payne himself identified this area as his studio workspace.

Payne was found guilty by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury on May 4, 2017.

Sentencing will take place Tuesday, September 26, at 1:30 pm in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court courtroom 3F before Judge Ronald A. Silkworth.

All media are invited to attend. Cameras will not be permitted in the courtroom.


Media Advisory: State's Attorney Wes Adams to Throw Out First Pitch at Drug Court Alumni Softball Game

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Circuit Court Drug Court Alumni Association's first annual softball game against the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Department. Other special guests include University of Maryland basketball legend Ernie Graham and Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides.

The Alumni Association was formed in 2016 with two primary objectives: to support one another along the road to recovery, and to organize events that give back to their community in meaningful ways.

In addition to competing on the field, the Alumni Association will also be collecting donations to purchase incentives and literature for those currently in the process of completing Drug Court, christmas gifts and winter coats for less fortunate children, and meals for the homeless.

Please join us at 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 24 at the ballpark near the pool in Truxtun Park. All media are invited to attend. Cameras are allowed at the park.

Sunday, September 24
1:00 PM

Truxtun Park Road
Annapolis, MD 21403

$5.00 per person


Annapolis Man Federally Indicted on Charges Related to January Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced that on September 7, 2017, Calum Thomas, 20, of Annapolis, was federally indicted for drug trafficking and other related charges. This includes overt acts to further the drug trafficking operation, such as the murder of Terry Paul Crouse. The Office of the State's Attorney for Anne Arundel County dismissed its case against Calum Thomas in order for the United State's Attorney's Office to pursue federal charges.

"Cooperation across all law enforcement agencies is paramount in the fight against crime," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "When a case warrants federal charges, my office is prepared to work in tandem with the U.S. Attorney's Office."

On January 2, 2017, Anne Arundel County Police responded to Kimberwicke Place, Annapolis, for a report of gunshots in the area. Upon arrival, police located an adult male victim, identified as Terry Paul Crouse, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Despite police and fire department personnel administering life saving procedures, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On February 10, 2017, Anne Arundel County Grand Jury indicted Calum Thomas for First Degree Murder and related gun charges.

On September 7, 2017, the United States District Court filed a federal indictment alleging that Calum Thomas and his brother Christian Thomas were part of a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in and around Annapolis. The Thomas brothers allegedly conspired to and did kill Terry Crouse in an effort to further said drug trafficking conspiracy and collect a drug debt.


Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Sexually Assaulting Minor

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Demetrius Troy Wallace, 43, of Brooklyn, was sentenced by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs to 30 years in prison, 5 years of supervised probation upon release, and lifetime registration as a sex offender for sexually assaulting a minor.

"Although he refuses to accept responsibility for his horrific actions, Demetrius Wallace earned this sentence when he repeatedly chose to abuse a young girl," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "The victim has undergone unimaginable trauma, and yet she found the strength and courage to confront her abuser and prevent him from victimizing others."

On November 17, 2015, the Annapolis Criminal Investigations Section received a case from the Child Advocacy Center in reference to a 15 year old female who had been sexually assaulted by Wallace between November 2014 and August 2015.

On July 26, 2017, Wallace was found guilty after a four day trial of three counts of Second Degree Rape, two counts of Second Degree Sex Offense, and one count of Sex Offense of a Minor.

Judge Michael Wachs presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Anastasia Prigge prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.