Child Sexual Solicitation Charged Against Former State Official In Anne Arundel: Police


The Maryland State Police said it arrested 65-year-old Luis Esteban Borunda of Essex last Wednesday on a child sexual solicitation charge. A trooper's car is pictured above on a different day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - A former state government official was recently arrested on a child sexual solicitation charge in Anne Arundel County, police said.

Troopers identified the suspect as 65-year-old Luis Esteban Borunda of Essex. Borunda was the deputy secretary of state under former Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Maryland State Police said Borunda had an inappropriate text chat with who he thought was an underage girl while using a smartphone application. In reality, he was chatting with a special agent with the Fort Meade Army Criminal Investigation Office posing as a 13-year-old girl online.

Borunda also sent a filtered photo of himself, a press release said. 

Police said Borunda, shown here, sent the filtered photo on the right to who he thought was an underage girl. (Courtesy of the Maryland State Police)

Troopers said Borunda suggested meeting last Wednesday in Anne Arundel County.

Police said Borunda arrived at the location and was met with troopers and affiliate members of the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Authorities said they arrested Borunda on the scene and charged him with one count of sexual solicitation of a minor.

Borunda is being held without bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, the release said.

Troopers think there may be more victims that haven't yet been identified. Police asked families of children who may have had contact with Borunda to call 1-800-637-5437, where they can speak with investigators about that contact. 

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