A former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official was convicted Tuesday on child pornography charges, and could face up to life in prison when sentenced.
A jury found Timothy DeFoggi, 56, formerly of Germantown, Maryland, and the former acting director of cyber security for HHS, guilty on three counts, after a four-day trial in Nebraska federal court.
The most serious of those charges, of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, alone carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, DeFoggi’s lawyer John S. Berry Jr. said.
According to prosecutors, trial evidence showed that DeFoggi accessed and exchanged child porn from a specific website between March 2, 2012, and Dec. 8, 2012, when the FBI shut the website down.
Why should this matter to a Catholic?
The role that this individual played in HHS was as the Director of the Office of the Secretary IT Security Operations and Acting Director of Cybersecurity. The crimes he was convicted of committing he did while serving in those roles.
Still don’t get why you, as a Catholic, should care? HHS has a rule (a regulatory outgrowth of Obamacare) requiring insurance companies to provide detailed health information on the people they cover. That includes you.
Still don’t get it? This individual, DeFoggi, was directly responsible for protection of the HHS network where that information is stored.
Still having problems understanding it? DeFoggi displayed a criminal breach of judgment in his recurring access of kiddie porn. He was assigned in multiple positions of public trust, a very high level of public trust. This causes a person to ask the following, at a minimum:
*]Was he adequately vetted prior to being granted those positions of trust? If not, what else should be done in the vetting process?
*]If he displayed a lack of judgment in repeatedly accessing this kiddie porn, should his work be double checked to make sure he didn’t likewise use lack of judgment in his on-the-job activities?