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FBI employee pleads guilty to possessing child porn

An FBI information technology employee pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal district court in Virginia to possessing child pornography, authorities said Thursday.

Samuel I. Kaplan, 64, of Gainesville faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 27, authorities said.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, he was found to have used the FBI’s computer network to “facilitate sexually explicit communications.”

Investigators found between 10 and 20 images of minors engaged in sexual conduct on his home computer, authorities said.

Kaplan was employed as an IT program manager at an FBI facility in Chantilly, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  June 3, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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The internet is just making it easier for these perverts to multiply and make their trade easier. Thanks to the Supreme Court we have this porn protected as free speech. How many more predators out there teaching children, driving them to school, coaching them, volunteering...glad to see MOST judges are throwing the book at these criminals.

Posted by: espnfan | June 3, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Just another reason to put otherwise productive people in jail. If it is so bad, why is it on the Internet?

Answer - they want reasons to use to control the Internet. But their real target is political speech. This is just a cover.

Also it is useful to law enforcement to send someone child porn and then jail them. They do not even have to get it from the mailbox. Go to jail. Go directly to jail.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 3, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

At the age of 64 and working for the FBI this clown HAD to know he was playing a dangerous game having anything to do with any type of pornography let alone child porn.
By working in any position requiring clearances you already know you're going to be subject to additional scrutiny...so why would you even take this chance?
Lose a job and face criminal prosecution just to look at naked kids when the internet is polluted with millions of naked adults...brilliant!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | June 3, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The internet and computers do good things in these cases. They create a permanent record that makes prosecution easy and almost certain.

This guy is a real idiot. At age 64, he faces eight to ten years in prison; he will be a registered sex offender when he gets out; he will lose his government job, his government pension, and government subsidized health insurance in retirement; and he has lost the respect of his friends and associates and his standing in the community.

Posted by: esch | June 3, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

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