October 1, 2014

Former federal cyber security official convicted on child porn charges

A federal jury in Nebraska has convicted the former acting director of cyber security for the United States Department of Health and Human Services on a number of child pornography charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s office reports 56-year-old Timothy DeFoggi, formerly of Germantown, Maryland, has been convicted by a federal jury in the District of Nebraska of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child pornography website.

DeFoggi is the sixth individual convicted in an ongoing investigation of three child pornography websites. A single administer ran the three websites out of Omaha and has been convicted in the District of Nebraska of child exploitation.

According to evidence presented at trial, DeFoggi registered as a website member on March 2nd, 2012. He maintained his membership until the FBI took down the website on December 8th of that year.

Through the website, DeFoggi accessed and solicited child pornography. In private messages with other members, DeFoggi expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children, going so far as to suggest a meeting with another member to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children.

The jury reached the verdict after a four-day trial before U.S. Chief District Judge Laurie Smith Camp. DeFoggi is scheduled to be sentenced November 7th.