Investigation of NASIC contractor accused of taking top-secret documents looked for 'co-conspirators'
By THOMAS GNAU | The Dayton Daily News | Published: July 9, 2019
DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — The federal search of a NASIC contractor’s home yielded a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cell phone, a Hitachi 750 -gigabyte computer hard drive and a Sony laptop computer.
The search of Izaak Kemp’s home was conducted June 24, three days before the case was closed in the Southern District of Ohio federal court.
All of the devices are being kept at an FBI office in Centerville, according to federal court filings.
Also subject to search, according to court documents: “Records and information relating to communications with other individuals associated with foreign intelligence services, their surrogates, co-conspirators, accomplices and associates.”
The filings shed light on what investigators were searching for within Kemp’s residence.
A court filing added that “Identifying and contact information of co-conspirators and other individuals engaged or otherwise involved in the unauthorized possession of classified material” was also subject to search.
No charges have been filed against Kemp, who has been identified in court filings as a contractor for NASIC, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“The investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed yet,” said Fred Alverson, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of Ohio.
The federal investigation sprang from an earlier Fairborn police search, on May 25, of Kemp’s home. That first search was related to suspicion of a “marijuana growing facility” at Kemp’s home, according to a federal application for a search warrant.
During that search “over 1,000 pages of classified documents in paper form” were uncovered, leading to the involvement of federal investigators.
Kemp allegedly admitted to printing the documents at work and taking them home, according to the application for the warrant. The warrant application says Kemp has a “top secret” clearance.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Newman authorized the search on June 21, telling investigators to complete it on or before July 5.
Investigators received authorization to search for emails, texts and other messages, photos, videos, contacts and contact lists, addresses and address books, voicemail messages, dialed and incoming calls and much more.
Investigators also had authorization to look for records and any information related to classified information, any information about Kemp’s use of You Tube, Facebook, messaging applications and more.
A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spokesman referred questions Monday to an Air Force spokeswoman, who said she could not say whether Kemp still works as a contractor.
Messages were also sent to a U.S. attorney and Kemp’s Columbus attorney.