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Air Force colonel is sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child porn

In a 2007 photo, Maj. Mark W. Visconi receives the Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship, given each year to the U.S. Air Force Academy graduate whose accomplishments demonstrate superior performance in fields directly involved with aerospace vehicles.

U.S. AIR FORCE

By RACHEL WEINER | The Washington Post | Published: January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — A decorated colonel in the U.S. Air Force was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for receiving child pornography, a mandatory minimum.

Mark Visconi, 48, has two Bronze Star Medals from combat in Iraq and several more medals for air missions in the Middle East, Europe and South America. He studied Arabic and trained Iraqi pilots. He was set to take a command at Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland when the investigation into his online activity began in 2015.

Defense attorney Sean Marvin said in a court filing that Visconi was abused at a young age and "has struggled to balance his service to his country with addictive behaviors." Along with downloading child sex abuse videos online, Visconi admitted taking clandestine photographs of girls in public.

In court, Visconi, of suburban Fairfax, Virginia, apologized for not seeking help for his problems earlier, saying he did not want to jeopardize his career. Judge T.S. Ellis handed down the sentence in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in suburban Alexandria, Va.
 

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