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Ex-contractor downloads child porn

A former NASA contractor admitted in federal court that he used his office computer to download and view child pornography, federal officials said.

Cecil M. Graham, 67, of Laurel, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland. He had worked as a contractor for NASA, most recently as a Hubble Space Telescope Planning and Scheduling Manager.

Authorities said a search of Graham's office computer showed he had been downloading child pornography since at least August 2000. Agents, who also searched Graham's home, recovered about 21 pages of printed images of girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Graham faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, authorities said. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 29.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  August 18, 2010; 7:13 PM ET
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I would hate to be the investigator who finds these pedophiles, immersed in this nasty, nasty cruel, cruel stuff everyday.

Posted by: JadedCynic | August 18, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm in IT and it doesn't take no 10 GD years for this to come to light. The whole IT Dept. should be fired.

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 18, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

In this day and age why would any government employee or contractor use a government computer to download porn? Are these people so computer illeterate that they don't know that any thing you do on a personal computer leaves evidence even if you delete something?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | August 18, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Keep him in jail for 20 years.

Posted by: AlbyVA | August 19, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

"The whole IT Dept. should be fired."

Not necessarily. If you are saying that it should have come to light based on web tracking software, I don't agree w/ you.

The lower and mid-level IT grunts probably wouldn't have access to those reports. I would agree that any IT MANAGER and above who had access to the reposts and didn't act should be fired.

Posted by: BEEPEE | August 19, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

The pedophile should not have been using government equipment to satisfy his cravings. Nor should he have been marking his timesheet for the hours he spent browsing illicit sex sites as "work."

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | August 19, 2010 3:12 AM | Report abuse

you people blaming the IT dept are idiots.
just because he had been downloading since 2000, doesn't mean he was doing it every day or even every year.
Infact, he could of only done it once or twice.
The article also fails to mention where he was downloading it from. He could of been getting it thru email and never visited any illegal websites that would of been noticed by IT.

There isn't enough information in this story to blame anyone but the government contractor for his actions.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 19, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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