9:11 p.m. EDT, May 14, 2012
A former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Carmel resident was arrested on child pornography charges.
Donald J. Sachtleben, 54, has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.
Monday, stating law enforcement began investigating an individual
suspected of trading child pornography online in September 2010. That
individual, who resided in Illinois, was arrested in January 2012.
searching the Illinois suspect’s computer, authorities discovered he
was trading material with several other people. Hogsett said law
enforcement was able to trace the alleged online activity to
Sachtleben’s home in Carmel.
According to court documents, Sachtleben hid behind the email
‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and openly traded child porn. In one email he
attached nine images of child pornography and child erotica and wrote:
"Saw your profile... Hope you like these and can send me some of (y)ours. I have even better ones if you like."
obtained a search warrant on May 3. During an initial forensic
examination of Sachtleben’s laptop computer, approximately 30 images and
video files containing child pornography were reportedly discovered.
Authorities said several of the files discovered in the search matched
files found while investigating the Illinois defendant.
spoke with Sachtleben’s wife, Laurie, at their home Monday. She told
investigators she had no knowledge of the porn reportedly found on her
husband’s computer. She said she would stand by her husband, but would
not comment further on the case.
"I'm afraid it's really too early for us to predict how this is going to go," said Laurie Sachtleben.
could face up to 20 years in prison for the distribution charge and up
to 10 years for the possession charge. Both charges carry up to a
$250,000 fine and lifetime supervised release if he is convicted.
Hogsett said he was disappointed with Sachtleben, but his arrest proved he is not above the law.
"No matter who they are, no matter who they know, no matter where they come from, the standards are the same," said Hogsett.
is currently working in the Department of Forensic Sciences at Oklahoma
State University and has been an employee since October of 2011. The
university declined to comment on the case at this time.
2008, Sachtleben retired from the FBI as a special agent bomb
technician. According to OSU’s website, Sachtleben spent 25 years with
the FBI, specializing in counter-terrorism and bombing investigations.
Sachtleben is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
Published May 15, 2012
CARMEL, Ind. – A Indiana man who spent 25 years with the
FBI specializing in counterterrorism and bombing investigations has
been charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, Fox
Authorities say 54-year-old Donald J. Sachtleben openly traded
child porn using the e-mail address "email@example.com."
Fox 59 reports in one instance, Sachtleben allegedly sent someone
an e-mail containing nine images featuring child pornography and told
the recipient, "I have even better ones if you'd like."
Police say they recovered approximately 30 videos and images
containing child pornography from Sachtleben's computer. He faces as
many as 30 years in prison if convicted.
Sachtleben is currently employed in the Department of Forensic
Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He spent over 25 years as a
special agent bomb technician in the FBI before retiring in 2008. He
specialized in counterterrorism and bombing investigations.
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett told Fox 59 he was disappointed a
former federal agent would commit such a crime, but that the arrest
proves no one is above the law.
"No matter who they are, no matter who they know, no matter
where they come from, the standards are the same," Hogsett said.
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