Air Force sergeant faces child porn charges

February 12, 2008 3:24:05 PM PST
Federal officials say an Air Force sergeant stationed at Dover Air Force Base was arrested yesterday on child pornography charges. Technical Sergeant Jonathan Amato, a leadership instructor at Dover, is charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. A federal judge in Wilmington ordered that Amato be detained pending a preliminary hearing Thursday.

According to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement affidavit, Amato allegedly used a credit card to access child porn Web sites on four separate occasions between September 2006 to February 2007.

On a storage device seized during a search of Amato's off-base residence last week, investigators found about 60 child porn photographs, including about 20 depicting prepubescent children engaged in sex acts with adults.

The affidavit says Amato admitted that he had accessed child porn Web sites and downloaded images to the storage device.