by Sophie Oriani

On April 28, the Maryland State Police announced the arrest of Wiliam Gomes, a University of Maryland (UMD) employee, on 14 counts related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Gomes was arrested on April 27 following an investigation that started in February. A search of his Howard County home turned up multiple images of child pornography on his electronic devices. 

Gomes’s LinkedIn page lists his title as associate director in enterprise software engineering at UMD. The university removed his staff listing from their site and told WTOP that Gomes has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

Gomes is being held without bond. Mark Sobel, a defense attorney who specializes in felony sex offenses, is his lawyer.