Smyrna man faces at least 31 years in prison

DOVER — A 34-year-old Smyrna man faces at least 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of dealing in child Pornography, one count of dangerous crime against a child and one count of first-degree unlawful sexual contact, the Delaware Department of Justice announced Friday.

In September 2017, the DOJ said, an online chatroom reported that one of its users uploaded an image of child pornography. A month later, Skype reported that one of its users did the same. An investigation showed the IP addresses for the two users were the same, and led investigators to Joshua Gladden, the DOJ said. Further investigation uncovered information about Gladden sexually abusing two minor children, the DOJ said.

A Superior Court judge will sentence Gladden in September, between a minimum sentence of 31 years and a maximum of life in prison. The case was investigated by the Child Predator Task Force with assistance from social worker Lorraine Freese.

• A 30-year-old Smyrna man received a seven-year prison sentence for his April 2018 guilty plea to charges of drug dealing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and failure to register as a sex offender, the DOJ said.

Beginning in September 2016, the DOJ said, officers from the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit, the Dover Police Department Drugs/Vice/Organized Crime Unit, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, began an undercover investigation into Benjamin Greene selling heroin in the Dover area. During the investigation, police made several heroin buys from Greene, the DOJ said.

A Superior Court judge sentenced Greene to seven years in prison, including the completion of the CREST Substance Abuse Program, followed by six months of work release then one year of probation.

Deputy Attorneys General Gregory Babowal and Kathleen Dickerson prosecuted Greene.

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