Md. deputy chief dies by suicide amid child porn probe

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Deputy Chief Jacob DeGlopper was found dead three days after police raided his home


By FireRescue1 News Staff 

KENSINGTON, Md. — A deputy chief at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) was found dead three days after police raided his home in search of child pornography.  

According to ABC 7, the body of Jacob DeGlopper, 46, was discovered by WVRS Chief Mark Dempsey.   

Jacob DeGlopper, a deputy chief at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) was found dead three days after police raided his home in search of child pornography. (Photo/Facebook)
Jacob DeGlopper, a deputy chief at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) was found dead three days after police raided his home in search of child pornography. (Photo/Facebook)

An internal document released to the media revealed that Maryland State Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had recently launched an investigation into DeGlopper on “child pornography and other related charges,” and had raided his home three days prior to his death.  

“I saw the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force van parked out front for like eight hours last week,” one of DeGlopper’s neighbors, who declined to be identified, told ABC 7. Another neighbor anonymously told reporters that police carried “six computer blade servers out of the home” during the raid.  

WVRS Spokesperson Lt. Jay Gruber released a statement of support to DeGlopper’s family on behalf of the department and offered resources to anyone affected by the events.  

"Our hearts and sympathies go out to his family and all others who are impacted by this tragedy. Crisis counselors are on-site to help members of our Rescue Squad family navigate this difficult time," Gruber wrote in an email to ABC 7. "We want to assure our community that we remain focused on our mission to protect the public’s health and safety and provide emergency services to any person in need." 

 

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