Ex-Cyber Guy for Feds Nailed Over Child Porn
OMAHA, Neb. - A federal jury convicted the former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday of various child pornography charges.
Timothy DeFoggi, 56, formerly of Germantown, Md., is the sixth individual to be convicted as part of an ongoing investigation targeting three child pornography websites, the Justice Department said.
He faces sentencing on Nov. 7 based on the findings Tuesday that he engaged in a child-exploitation enterprise, conspired to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessed a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child-pornography website.
A single administrator ran the three sites targeted by the Justice Department's investigation. That individual has since been convicted in Nebraska of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise in connection with his administration of the sites.
Prosecutors proved during the four-day trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp that "DeFoggi registered as a website member on March 2, 2012, and maintained his membership and activity until Dec. 8, 2012, when the website was taken down by the FBI," according to the statement by the Justice Department.
"Through the website, DeFoggi accessed child pornography, solicited child pornography from other members, and exchanged private messages with other members where he expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children," prosecutors added. "DeFoggi even suggested meeting one member in person to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children."