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Agent testifies airman possessed child porn

By SEAN KIMMONS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 16, 2008

RAF LAKENHEATH, England — A 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airman possessed child pornography and paid a fee to gain access to an illegal Web site of exploited children carrying out sexual acts, according to testimony Thursday.

Senior Airman Jeremy S. Parrott was nabbed in a 2005 sting operation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which discovered his computer had logged onto an illegal Web site. The content of the site is “100 percent hard-core child pornography” and featured kids identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Special Agent Michael Riccitelli testified in the Article 32 hearing.

Parrott also is accused of using the file-sharing network, Limewire, to download 50 to 75 questionable files, some tagged as containing very young children in sexual acts, according to testimony.

After being alerted of his activities, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations questioned Parrott and then searched his Lakenheath dorm room, seizing his desktop and laptop computers, CDs, DVDs and video game consoles.

Investigators began a large-scale child porn investigation dubbed Operation Emissary following a May 2005 arrest of a target. Findings from the target’s computer uncovered ways to locate the illegal site. Those who subscribed to the site were billed for a $79.99 payment under the pseudonym “adsoft,” Riccitelli testified.

An OSI search through Parrott’s bank statements revealed that he also made a similar purchase that year, according to testimony.

Parrott’s computer was also found to be have logged onto the site’s server in November 2005. The server was discovered under a search warrant in Florida, Riccitelli testified.

More than 260 people have already been arrested as part of Operation Emissary, according to a news release issued last month.

On Monday, police arrested Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Amato, a leadership school instructor at Dover Air Base, Del., on charges of receiving and possessing child porn in another investigation called Operation Predator, the agency said.

Parrott is charged with possession of child porn and visual depictions of minors in sexual acts from November 2005 to March 2007 while stationed at Lakenheath and Pope Air Force Base, N.C., according to court records.

The hearing concluded late Thursday. A decision on whether Parrott is to face a court-martial is expected in about a week, base spokeswoman Airman 1st Class Torri Ingalsbe said.


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