Former HHS cyber chief convicted on child porn charges

A former top Health and Human Services official was convicted Tuesday of child pornography charges, according to the Department of Justice.

Timothy DeFoggi, 56, a former acting cyber security director for the department, was convicted in a Nebraska court for conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and for being a member of a child pornography website.

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“Through the website, DeFoggi accessed child pornography, solicited child pornography from other members, and exchanged private messages with other members where he expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children,” the Justice Department said in a Tuesday statement. “DeFoggi even suggested meeting one member in person to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children.”

Defoggi is part of an ongoing investigation involving three child pornography sites. According to the Justice Department, the administrator for the sites has also been convicted for running the online forums.

A federal jury reached its verdict after a four-day trial. DeFoggi is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 7.