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WCBI and FBI probing led investigators to former OC cop and real estate agent

(Sept. 25, 2020) After entering a plea deal with the state, former Ocean City police officer, sheriff’s deputy, real estate manager and sales agent Jarrett “Jay” Wise pleaded guilty on Monday in Worcester County Circuit Court to three counts of possession of child pornography. 

The children in the videos investigators recovered ranged from ages 3 to 6, according to States’ Attorney of Dorchester County William H. Jones. 

Jones told the court that on or around May 10, 2019, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, a national child abuse and exploitation investigation network, sent a tip to the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations (WCBI) to investigate 53-year-old Wise. 

Jones said the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) received a similar tip and coordinated with county investigators. 

The bureau of investigations obtained a subpoena for Comcast records that showed two IP addresses connected to Wise’s home and business computers. Investigators also discovered images and videos of child pornography in Wise’s email.

The emails related to Monday’s hearing were dated Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, 2018, and contained short videos of young children engaging in sexual activity with adult women. 

On or around June 25, 2019, investigators, who were armed with a search warrant, met with Wise, who waived his Miranda Rights and admitted to possessing the child pornography.

Wise was indicted on Jan. 28, and was arrested the following Friday. 

He was charged with five felony counts of promoting and distributing child pornography, as well as 50 misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography. 

He was held in the Worcester County Jail in Snow Hill until he posted a $25,000 bond following a hearing on Feb. 3, in Worcester County Circuit Court. 

One condition of his release was a prohibition on using computers or similar devices.  

As part of his plea deal, Wise waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of child pornography possession, which are punishable of up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $2,500 or both. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted, with the sentencing date contingent upon those findings. 

Wise, whose movement is restricted to the state, asked permission to travel to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Busch Gardens amusement park in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife. 

His attorney, Peter A. Wimbrow III, explained that Wise is well known in Ocean City, and he desired to spend some time with his wife in privacy. 

Judge Thomas Groton granted the Rehoboth Beach travel request, but denied travel to Virginia. 

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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