Ex-Md. cop gets 5 years for child porn


By Scott Daugherty
The Annapolis Capital

Under state law, the sexual relationship a former county police lieutenant had last year with a 16-year-old girl was legal. Under federal law, however, he will have to serve five years in prison for asking the girl to send him naked pictures of herself.

Standing in packed Baltimore courtroom, James Cifala, 48, of Edgewater was ordered yesterday to report to federal prison by Jan. 31 to start serving his sentence - which was the mandatory minimum allowed under federal law but still several months longer than recommended under federal sentencing guidelines.

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