A Milford school custodial employee was charged with three counts of dealing in child pornography after being reported by Twitter, according to court records.
Darin A. Albright, 57, is being held on $180,000 cash bail at the Sussex County Correctional Institution, according to the Delaware Department of Justice.
His charges are Class B felonies, which carry penalties of up to 25 years with a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years. If convicted of all charges, Albright could face six to 75 years in prison.
Families in Milford were alerted Saturday by telephone message that a school custodial worker had been arrested on child porn charges. No Milford students were involved, and the images were pulled from the internet, according to the message from Milford schools Superintendent Kevin Dickerson.
Albright was arrested Thursday, April 21, after the Delaware Child Predator Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
It said that Twitter reported a user allegedly engaging in physical sexual assault of multiple minors. Twitter reported that one account was telling another account that he was engaging in sex with with his 10-year-old daughter and it included a photo of a dressed girl performing a sex act on a sitting male.
Delaware officials tracked the Twitter account to Albright in Milford and obtained a search warrant. Albright was detained in a traffic stop a short distance from his home and taken to State Police Troop 3 before the search warrant was executed.
Albright admitted creating a fake Twitter account and posing as a married female user starting about three months ago, court records say.
He said he has received both adult and child pornography and that he sent three photos of child pornography to two or three other Twitter users as recently as April 21, 2022, court records say.
“While this is an active investigation and we are limited in what we can say, we will continue to act on this kind of evidence as aggressively as we would if these children were our own,” said Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “Nothing matters more than protecting our kids.”
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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