In February 2013, Scott Wade Markle, who was President of the Carroll County Democratic Club, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Markle and his wife have been Democratic Party donors and activists for several years. On February 29, 2014, his wife (Corynne Courpas) filed for divorce in Carroll County.
The US Attorney’s office issued the following release on Markle’s plea agreement and sentence on March 14, 2014:
U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Scott Wade Markle, age 52, of Westminster, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release for possession of child pornography. In 2005, Markle was convicted of the same crime and was required to register as a sex offender. Judge Blake ordered that upon his release from prison, Markle must continue to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
According to Markle’s plea agreement, on February 11, 2013, an individual contacted the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office after finding a black tote bag at the bottom of his driveway. The individual had opened the bag in an attempt to identify the owner and had seen printed images of what he believed to be child pornography. Sheriff’s deputies recovered the bag which contained a student ID in Markle’s name, recent mail addressed to Markle and a folder with Markle’s name and address on the front which contained approximately 100 printed images of child pornography, including children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
A search warrant was executed the next day at Markle’s residence and law enforcement seized a digital camera, cellular telephone and two laptop computers. Markle was interviewed and advised investigators that he had printed the child pornography years ago after he was released from prison on the 2005 conviction. He used the camera to take pictures of the images and upload them to his computer, since he didn’t have internet access at his residence.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.