Quantcast

Marine captain charged in alleged trafficking of child porn

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 22, 2006

A Marine captain has been charged with conduct unbecoming an officer and crimes against good order and discipline for allegedly trafficking about 7,700 images of child erotica and child pornography, base officials announced yesterday.

Richard B. Toschiaddi, 34, based at Camp Pendleton in California, is charged with soliciting, possessing and distributing the images worldwide from his home, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in its Friday editions.

The charges follow an investigation that began in April 2004, the paper wrote. Toschiaddi allegedly sent obscene images of minor children to undercover agents of the German National Police.

According to the report, the German police then contacted the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which confiscated Toschiaddi’s computer before handing over the case to the Marine Corps and Naval Criminal Investigative Service in February.

A four-page charge sheet provided yesterday by the Marines alleges that Toschiaddi distributed images via an Internet chat room.

In January 2005, Toschiaddi allegedly transferred “42 obscene images and two obscene files of minor children” to undercover agents he met in the chat room, the Union-Tribune wrote.

The charge sheet also indicated that Toschiaddi advertised himself as having a large amount of obscene images available for sale or trading. He also allegedly received obscene material concerning minors via the Internet.

An Article 32 hearing, which is the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing, will be scheduled in a few weeks, base officials said.


from around the web