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A former Germantown resident who was once chief of cybersecurity for a federal agency was convicted of child pornography charges in a federal court in Nebraska Tuesday.

Timothy DeFoggi, 56, the former acting director of cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was charged as part of an ongoing investigation targeting three child pornography websites, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

DeFoggi registered as a member of a child pornography website on Mar. 2, 2012, and stayed a member until Dec. 8, 2012, when the website was taken down by the FBI. Authorities said DeFoggi used the site to access and solicit child pornography and traded private messages with other members, in which he said he was interested in the violent rape and murder of children. He even suggested meeting another member in person to fulfill a shared fantasy of violently raping and murdering children, according to the Department of Justice.

After a four-day trial, a federal jury convicted DeFoggi of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography.

DeFoggi is the sixth person convicted as part of the investigation. The administrator of all three websites also has been convicted of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise.

DeFoggi is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7.

DeFoggi worked as an IT specialist at HHS from September 2008 until January 2014, but it was not clear when he served as acting director of cybersecurity, according to the agency.



dleaderman@gazette.net