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Ex-Air Force contractor pleads guilty to removing classified documents

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A former Air Force contractor on Thursday plead guilty in federal court to illegally taking home roughly 2,500 pages of classified materials.

In a news release, the Justice Department announced that Izaak Vincent Kemp, 35, plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal or retention of classified documents, and faces up to five years in prison.

Kemp previously worked for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and U.S. Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), both located on Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and had training as part of his position regarding the proper procedures for retaining classified documents. 112 documents totaling roughly 2,500 pages of material were found by investigators at his home last year, according to the release.

He was charged last month via a bill of information, according to the news release.

A thesis paper found on the website of Ohio’s Wright State University indicated that the former contractor was awarded a master’s of science in 2009 from the university’s physics department.


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