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Former federal cyber security official guilty of child porn charges

A former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was convicted Tuesday of child pornography charges.

Jurors in federal court in Nebraska convicted Timothy DeFoggi, 56, after a four-day trial.

DeFoggi is the sixth person to be found guilty in connection to a large-scale investigation of three child pornography websites based in Nebraska and tied to a single administrator, according to a news release from the Justice Department.

Federal officials said DeFoggi registered as a member of one of the child pornography sites in March 2012 and was active when authorities shut the website down 10 months later.

Prosecutors presented evidence that DeFoggi “had 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,” according to the release.

During that time, prosecutors said DeFoggi, who lived in Germantown, Md., also agreed to meet with another member to “fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children,” according to the release.

DeFoggi’s attorney, John Berry Jr., in an interview with Omaha’s KETV disputed that prosecutors had tied his client to the account in question.

“Just because you have a user name and IP addresses, that doesn’t tell you who was behind the computer, especially when there are multiple people that live in a residence,” Berry told the station.

DeFoggi was part of the cyber security department from 2008 until the start of 2014, the Business Insider reported.

DeFoggi is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7.

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