Indiana Guardsman's bomb-possession charge moved to federal court
By Kathy Lynn Gray | The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch | Published: March 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Indiana National Guard member who authorities say had homemade bombs in his van when he was stopped for speeding in Madison County on Jan. 1 has now been charged in U.S. District Court in Columbus.
Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, made his initial appearance in federal court Monday, shortly after state charges in the case were dismissed. His attorney and government prosecutors would not comment after the hearing.
He is charged with one count of possession of destructive devices not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Under federal law, destructive devices must be registered.
The charge carries a maximum 10-year prison term.
Boguslawski, of Moores Hill, Ind., was arrested after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers caught him traveling 85 mph in a 70-mph zone on I-70 west of Columbus as he drove from Pennsylvania to Indiana, according to the complaint.
When troopers stopped him, the complaint says, they noticed the handgrip of a firearm between Boguslawski’s legs. A search of his Dodge Caravan produced a pistol, rifles, suspected homemade bombs and parts to make bombs. An explosives expert with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives identified nine completed bombs in the van and four nearly complete bombs, all capable of causing property damage and injuries if detonated.
Investigators also found videos and photographs showing Boguslawski manufacturing and detonating bombs and showing friends and family members, including a 16-year-old niece, setting off explosive devices.
Boguslawski told troopers he had some of the bombs for “suicide-bomber training” and a plastic gun was for a concealed-carry training class. Troopers also found a bulletproof vest and blueprints for a Navy SEAL training center in Indiana in Boguslawski’s van.
An Indiana National Guard spokeswoman said in January that Boguslawski had been an intelligence analyst for a reconnaissance unit of the guard and held top-secret government clearance because of that work. That clearance was suspended after his arrest.
The spokeswoman also said Boguslawski had been transferred to the Indiana National Guard’s Medical Discharge Unit in November. She would not say why that happened.
The state charges against Boguslawski were one count of manufacturing explosives and one count of collecting chemicals for manufacturing explosives.
This booking photo provided by the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, shows Andrew Scott Boguslawski. Boguslawski was charged with illegally making or possessing an explosive device after four guns, and almost 50 bombs were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
Tri-County Regional Jail