|Donald John Sachtleben|
Man Accused Of Possession, Distribution Of Child Porn
INDIANAPOLIS - A former Indianapolis FBI agent has been arrested on federal child pornography charges.
Donald John Sachtleben, 54, of Carmel, who retired from the FBI's Indianapolis office, was arrested Friday on preliminary charges of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, RTV6's Jack Rinehart reported.
In September 2010, authorities began investigating a person they believed was trading images of child pornography online, leading to an arrest earlier this year.
According to the criminal complaint, some of the images in that case were traced to Sachtleben's computer at his Carmel home.
Authorities searched Sachtleben's home earlier this month and found 30 image and video files of child pornography, investigators said.
Sachtleben appeared in federal court Monday morning.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison on the distribution charge and 10 years on the possession charge.
Sachtleben worked as a bomb expert during his career with the FBI.
According to his LinkedIn page, he managed investigative teams at several major terrorist attack scenes, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing, the bombing of the USS Cole and the crash of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2011.
Sachtleben was also the lead agent on the search of Ted Kaczynski's cabin in Montana, according to published reports.
"The mission of our Project Safe Childhood initiative is to investigate and prosecute anyone found to engaged in the sexual exploitation of children," U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett said in a news release. "Today's announcement underscores this serious commitment and should make clear that, no matter who you are, you will be brought to justice if you are found guilty of such criminal behavior."