Department of Human Services Employees Need to Be Given Psychologicals

9 Sep

The former acting director of cyber security for the United States Department of Health and Human Services was convicted this week on child pornography charges upon completion of a four-day federal trial in Nebraska.

The US Department of Justice announced that Timothy DeFoggi, 56 of Germantown Maryland, was convicted by a federal jury in District of Nebraska of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child pornography site, according to a press release published by the DOJ.

Federal prosecutors successfully argued that DeFoggi was a registered member of a website only accessible using the Tor anonymity service and there he “exchanged private messages with other members where he expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children” between March and December of 2012. CBS News reported that DeFoggi was the acting director of the Dept. of Health and Human Services when he was detained in May 2013 during a federal crackdown aimed at child pornography sites that existed on the so-called dark web, and a HHS official has since confirmed that he stayed with the office until only seven months ago.

According to Wired, one of the sites frequented by DeFoggi was called PedoBook and was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in late 2012 due to a security lapse suffered by its administrator, Aaron McGrath of Nebraska.

Given the bizarre behavior of Arlington DHS employees, Arlington County attorneys who deal with children, and many Guardian Ad Litems who fail to protect children and seem to specialize in isolating children from their families, it is time that psychologicals be given to these employees.

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