Documents show that several Central Intelligence Agency staffers were involved with child sex crime but they weren’t prosecuted. The documents show that the CIA amassed credibility evidence of employees involved in child sex crime over a period of 14 years and did not pursue any criminal prosecution to protect sensitive and classified material.
It was reported that although most of these cases were referred by US attorneys for prosecution only one person was ever charged. “Prosecutors referred the remaining cases to the US Attorneys for prosecution, but only one of them was ever charged with a crime. Few faced any consequences other than the possible loss of job or security clearances. The report said that” CIA insiders claim the agency resists prosecution for fear of the cases revealing state secrets.
Many times, employees were fired or had contracts revoked instead of being charged with sex crimes involving children as young as 2. Only one of these individuals was ever charged with a crime. As in the previous case, only one of the CIA staffers was charged with a child sex crime. The employee was also being investigated for mishandling classified materials.
Neither the spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia (where most criminal referrals were sent) nor the CIA responded to queries. They made vague statements about not taking “all allegations of criminal misconduct by personnel” seriously.
It was reported that CIA insiders told it that they will not pursue criminal charges against the agency to protect sensitive information. One ex-official said that this excuse is absurd and that the CIA must “figure out how we can prosecute these people.”
The inspector general was notified in November 2016 of a case where an employee had used a government computer for viewing child sexual abuse photos. While investigators were unable to confirm the allegation they found that the employee had shown a “consistently interested and pattern of [redacted] conversation involving sexual activities between minors and adults.”
Security officials and the Directorate of Science and Technology were alerted by the inspector general because the accusation raised “potentially security and accountability questions.” The details of the case and any sanctions imposed on the employee are redacted.
Another shocking case was that of a CIA employee who admitted to using a government laptop for viewing videos and photos of young girls being sexually abused. The staffer admitted that he was truly sorry for his actions and that he didn’t understand the Agency Information Security Course that made it illegal to view child pornography.
It was reported that When the inspector General examined the man’s computers, however, such images were not visible.” The federal prosecutor decided not to indict the man in “favor of administrative action” by CIA. The recommendation of the personnel board is redacted.
Another case showed that a security official admitted to having had sexual contact with a girl aged two and a girl of six years old on top of the mountain of abuse materials he had on his devices.
The U.S. attorney’s office declined prosecution of the man because of alleged mishandled evidence. Due to the fact that they were not “previously identified as child pornography victims”, it was impossible for the girls in these videos to be confirmed as minors.