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A member of the U.S. Air Force working at Joint Base Andrews was indicted Sept. 11 on six counts of sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography.

According to the indictment and the criminal complaint, on Aug. 15, William S. Gazafi, 44, of Lusby allegedly engaged in an online chat with an undercover officer on a website the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified as advocating sexual acts with children.

Using the handle “Bill_James,” Gazafi allegedly told the undercover agent that he had been drugging and molesting prepubescent girls and an infant, according to the complaint.

During the chat, “Bill_James” sent the undercover agent seven images depicting child pornography and molestation, including three he claimed he created, according to the criminal complaint.

The FBI identified “Bill_James” as Gazafi based on Internet subscriber information obtained through emergency subpoena from Comcast, according to the complaint. A military database check determined that Gazafi was active duty military in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Andrews, according to the complaint.

The FBI contacted the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which identified Gazafi was a master sergeant working in communications and maintaining a security clearance, according to the criminal complaint.

Gazafi was arrested Sept. 3.

When Gazafi was arrested, he was allegedly in possession of digital media containing several more images of child pornography which he allegedly created, according to the indictment.

If convicted, Gazafi could be sentenced up to 30 years and a lifetime of supervised release, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Connelly ordered Gazafi to be detained without bond, based on the evidence presented at his detention hearing, according to records.

Gazafi’s public defenders did not immediately return calls or emails for comment.

janfenson-comeau@gazette.net