(Feb. 7, 2020) A former Ocean City police officer and sheriff’s deputy who went on to establish a career in the resort real estate industry was arrested last Friday by the Maryland State Police on child pornography charges.
Resort resident Jarrett “Jay,” Wise, an Ocean City real estate manager and sales agent since 2000, faces five felony counts of distributing or promoting the distribution of child pornography, and 50 misdemeanor counts of possession of “visual representations of persons younger than 16 years old engaged in certain sexual acts.”
Following an investigation by the Maryland State Police, Wise, 52, was indicted last Tuesday and was served with an arrest warrant last Friday for offenses that investigators said occurred between October 2017 and November 2018.
He was held in the Worcester County Jail in Snow Hill until he was released on $25,000 bond following a hearing Monday in Worcester County Circuit Court. A condition of his release on bail is that he is prohibited from using a computer or similar devices.
Dorchester County State’s Attorney William Jones will prosecute the case, assuming that duty at the request of the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office. Beyond acknowledging that a state police investigation did take place, Jones said he could offer no further information.
A June 22 trial date has been set for Wise in circuit court in Snow Hill.