Deputy State Attorney General Arrested For Possession Of Child Porn (Video)

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Raymond Joseph Liddy 53, the California Deputy Attorney General who is the son of a notorious Watergate figure has been charged with possession of child pornography, at his Coronado home.

The investigation began after an electronic service provider sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January that a user had uploaded an image that appeared to be child porn, according to the complaint. About a month later, another service provider sent a similar tip to the organization reporting that a user had uploaded 10 such images via a messaging program, according to the San Diego Tribune.

The tips were then forwarded to the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which traced the activity to a home in Coronado. Investigators dug deeper into the user’s emails and chat logs and found the person portrayed himself as a 48-year-old married man with children, although his user profile also indicated he was 52, the complaint says.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office said in a statement Wednesday that it was aware of the charges against Liddy and that he has been placed on administrative leave, Fox 5 San Diego reports.

The San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children task force began investigating the case after receiving reports from internet service providers that a user had uploaded 11 images that appeared to be child pornography. Investigators traced the uploads to Liddy’s home in Coronado, the Union-Tribune reported.

When Liddy was interviewed by FBI, he admitted downloading sexual images and using online services to share sexual fantasies, but he said most of the images were of adults, the newspaper reported, citing a federal criminal complaint. When investigators searched his home, they found numerous photographs of children  engaging in sexual activity on a computer and a thumbdrive, the complaint said.

Liddy is the son of G. Gordon Liddy, a lawyer and FBI agent who was convicted of burglary, conspiracy and other charges in the Watergate scandal. The elder Liddy — the chief operative in President Richard Nixon’s White House Plumbers unit that organized and directed the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building — served more than four years in federal prison for those crimes, which also included refusing to testify to the Senate committee investigating the Watergate scandal.

According to Liddy’s LinkedIn page, which features a photograph of him wearing the dress blues of the Marine Corps, Liddy earned his bachelor’s degree from New York’s Fordham University, a law degree from the same university’s school of law and a master’s degree from the United State Army War College in Pennsylvania.

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