Skip to comments.Child porn charge against DOD IPv6 director dropped
Posted on 04/08/2006 2:26:30 AM PDT by freepatriot32
Two weeks after a Defense Information Systems Agency official was arrested on a charge of child pornography, the U.S. Attorneys office handling the case dropped the charge. But a spokeswoman in the U.S. Attorneys Office said the investigation is continuing.
This is an ongoing investigation, so we dont have any comments, the spokeswoman said.
Charles Lynch, director of DISAs IP version 6 transition program, was arrested March 8 and indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia the next day on one count of possessing child pornography.
According to a statement by the DOD Inspector Generals Office, court documents alleged that Lynch had been operating a peer-to-peer file-sharing program on a computer in his office at DISA. Agents confiscated several computers and more than 1,000 CDs from Lynchs office.
Lynch, 44, is on leave without pay from DISA.
The investigation is being conducted by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the FBI and the DISA OIG. Joseph McMillan, special agent in charge of the DCIS Mid-Atlantic Field Office, would not elaborate on why the charge was dismissed. Its our policy neither to deny nor confirm the existence of an ongoing criminal investigation, McMillan said.
In apparently unrelated cases, a Homeland Security Department official was arrested earlier this week for soliciting sex with a minor. And last week, federal agents seized computer equipment from the desk of a NASA official, based on information developed during a U.S. Postal Inspection Service undercover investigation of Internet trafficking in child pornography.
EDITORS NOTE: The original version of this story, posted April 6, reported Lynchs arrest and indictment, but did not report that the charge had been dismissed. The U.S. Attorneys Office, when contacted April 6 about the arrest, said only that the investigation is continuing, but not that the charge had been dismissed.
The charges may have been dropped because his computer may have simply been infected with a virus/Trojan program that distributed kiddie porn without his knowledge. It is apparently a pretty common problem. I think law enforcement should make every effort to determine this prior to publishing his/her name. That just makes him/her a bigger victim if that's what happened.
I'm just shocked!
I can't understand why someone would be running a peer-to-peer file sharing system on their work computer -- especially if they work for the US military. A lot of sensitive military documents have gotten out onto the internet this way -- he should have known better.
How he votes doesn't matter, to think that it does is just stupid.
He should be fired at the minimum for using DoD computers for unauthorized activities. What a jerk.
Even if he's innocent of the porn charge, doing what he did on a DOD computer should be a crime.
It should not matter whether he is a Republican or Democrat.
But the media has established a pattern that if a Republican goes bad, they trumpet his party affiliation every time his name is mentioned. If a Democrat goes bad party affiliation is not mentioned.
If you read any news story about these sorts of things, and don't see a party affiliation mentioned, assume the person is a Democrat, and you usually will be right.
Still, it doesn't matter their party. It's about all that blue state red state stuff, it's all a bunch of crap to be divisive. If you want to do your little happy dancer that the guy is a Democrat, go ahead, and what party is Duke Cunningham?
I WAS referring to the Homeland Security guy--he is also mentioned in the article...
I have lurked for a while but never posted because I always saw that new posters were treated rudely. You proved my point.
And Free Republic is making a big deal out him being a democrat. So you and Democrat Underground are on the same intellectual level.
Bias in reporting does matter. You obviously came here to pick a fight. It took you three whole posts on FR before you called someone stupid. Nice accomplishment.
Intelligent debate usually doesn't include name calling.
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