A former administrative officer for the Federal Aviation Administration has admitted to accessing child pornography on his government-issued laptop in Connecticut.
Vernon resident Scott Pierson, 58, pleaded guilty in district court in Bridgeport to one count of receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney John Durham announced.
The United States Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General received information in March last year that Pierson, an FAA administrator stationed at the Bradley Flight Standards District Office in Enfield, was using his FAA-issued laptop to access websites with child porn. Further investigation into the laptop found that Pierson downloaded and maintained hundreds of sexually explicit images and videos of children.
On July 19 last year, a search of Pierson’s home and office last week led to the seizure of several computers, cellphones and thumb drives, leading to his arrest. The forensic investigation determined that the seized items contained more than 1,500 images and videos of children, including children younger than 12 years old, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Pierson has been detained since his arrest. He will face a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison and a maximum term of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced. No sentencing date has been scheduled.
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