Scott Smallwood, a 27-year-old Upper Marlboro resident and bus driver for Prince George’s County Public Schools, was arrested on May 21 at a Prince George’s County bus depot in Brandywine on charges of child pornography.

According to court documents, a cell phone memory card was found at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Clinton, Md. The patron, who found the card, saw images and videos of inappropriate contact between an adult male and minor and immediately contacted law enforcement.

Prince George’s County and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, upon seeing the photos returned to the 7-Eleven to request the surveillance videos of the day the memory card was left.

Upon identifying Smallwood and the 7-year-old boy on the videos, investigators interviewed the child. The child told investigators that Smallwood was his night bus driver, who would sometimes take him to church. He admitted that he had five sleepovers with Smallwood and that’s when the molestation would occur. The alleged victim said Smallwood would offer him candy after inappropriate touching.

While Smallwood admitted to recording inappropriate contact with the 7-year-old with a cell phone only once, ICE agents say the recovered video shows molestation occurred on at least two other occasions. Smallwood said that he’d removed the memory card from the cell phone for the purpose of destroying it, but misplaced it. He also admitted to receiving e-mails of child pornography on two computers at his residence, but denied downloading any photos.

Smallwood, if convicted, could face a maximum of 30 years in prison for producing child pornography. A detention hearing has been scheduled for Smallwood on May 26 at the federal court building in Greenbelt, Md.

Anyone who has information they believe is relevant to this investigation should contact the Prince George’s County Police Department, Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Section at 301-772-4930.


George Barnette

Special to the AFRO