Former FBI agent files petition to enter guilty plea for child pornography charges

A local former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent arrested on child pornography charges filed a petition to enter a guilty plea.

Donald Sachtleben was arrested in May 2012, following an investigation into the distribution of child pornography.  Authorities said they were able to trace online activity back to Sachtleben’s Carmel home.

According to court documents, Sachtleben hid behind the email ‘pedodave69@yahoo.com’ 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.”

Police 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.

Sachtleben, a Northwestern University graduate, worked for the FBI from 1983 until his retirement in 2008.

Sachtleben’s plea request, which was filed in November, has not been accepted by the court at this time.  However, a decision could be made at his April 22 court appearance.

He faces five to 20 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.

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      • msfreeh

        FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

        Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM

        The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

        John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

    • anonymous

      Who cares? Why stir it up? Why do you want to get the haters started… really.. get a life dude.

      • msfreeh

        Monday, 20 Apr 2009,
        MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile Police arrested 52-year-old Phillip Kent Baxley on child indecency charges. Baxley is a local attorney in Mobile, but he's also a former coach and acting president for the Mobile Soccer Club.

        "I'm surprised to hear it," said Mobile Soccer Club Director, Mohammed Elzare. "He's a former FBI agent and attorney. So we're definitely saddened to hear this."

        Baxley was arrested at his Dauphin Street office on a fugitive felony warrant out of Harris County, Texas.

        Texas police officers say Baxley was involved in an incident with a nine-year-old girl in 2004.
        Investigators say it happened at a family member's house in a Houston suburb, but the girl waited some time before saying anything.

        "When the victim, the nine-year-old made the outcry she was interviewed in another county and all of the information was forwarded to us and the investigation went from there," said Lt. Wade Conner with the Deer Park, Texas Police Department.

        Mobile Soccer Club Board Members say they were blind-sided by the news on Monday. For now, the board likely plans to distance itself from Baxley.

        "Stopping ties until this situation is resolved and hopefully it comes out to a good outcome," said Elzare.

        But Texas investigators are confident the charges will stick, despite Baxley's background. "If they're a pedophile then we deal with them all the same," said Wade. "It doesn't matter what they do for a living."

      • msfreeh

        February 22, 2007

        FBI man gets 7 years for child sex

        A 17-year veteran of the FBI will serve seven years in prison for having sexual relations with a young girl in Spotsylvania County, a judge ruled yesterday.

        Anthony John Lesko, 44, entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child.

        Lesko, who later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., worked as an intelligence analyst at the FBI for 17 years, according to his attorney, James A. Carter II.

        An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction. Under the terms of the plea, he was sentenced to seven years in prison with another 15 years suspended.

        Lesko engaged in a sex act with a girl, 9 and 10 at the time, at least nine times in 2003-2004, according to evidence put forth by Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney William Neely.

        The girl told a member of the Spotsylvania Department of Social Services about the activity in February 2004, according to the evidence. Lesko at first denied the allegations, but later spoke with a U.S. Navy counselor about them.

        Lesko told the counselor that he was the victim of the sexual assault; he said the girl initiated the contact, according to the plea. Lesko entered the plea partly to spare the girl the pain of a trial, his attorney said.

  • anon

    You'd think that an ex-FBI agent would know better than to exploit children! He was stump-stupid to think they wouldn't be able to track it to the source. He was brain dead to do it from his own home! I hope he gets the maximum sentence!!!

    • msfreeh

      May 25, 2007
      FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

      Posted by, Marissa Pasquet KOLD News 13 News Editor

      FBI Special Agent Ryan Seese, 34, is facing sex offense charges after a cleaning woman said she found him masturbating in a women's lavatory on campus, according to a University of Arizona police spokesman.

    • msfreeh

      Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

      BOISE, Idaho- A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest infamous outlaw Claude Dallas has been sentenced to a year in prison for possessing child pornography.

      William Buie, 64, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in March. Buie told authorities that he learned to access child pornography Web sites while attending a seminar on preventing child exploitation in 2000 or 2001.

    • msfreeh

      FBI agent Edward Rodgers was never prosecuted. Statute of Limitations ran out so his daughters sued him in Civil Court. He started having sex with them when they were 2 years old.
      Edward Rodgers was in charge of investigating cases of Child Abuse at the FBI

      THE DENVER POST – Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
      May 17, 1990
      Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse
      By Howard Prankratz
      Denver Post Legal Affairs Writer

      Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

      The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

      Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.

  • southsideguy

    being that the fbi are usually the ones you hear that are the ones to collect all the evidence in cases like this , you could only imagine old "pedodave" was like a kid in a candy store …..what an idot i hope he rots !

    • Larsa

      maybe he joined the fbi to gain access? because it does seem like they deal with people like him a lot.. scary. I hope he gets life.

      • msfreeh

        nobody knows how the child died, eh?

        Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

        January 3, 2007

        NEW HAVEN, Conn. –Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

        William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      You'd think he would be aware of the FBI's detection techniques and what-not.

      I agree…an idiot!

      • msfreeh

        CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

        By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit
        January 27, 2011

        Washington (CNN) — An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.

        A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."

        And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.

        These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years

    • msfreeh

      Jail for former FBI worker from Va.
      Washington Post Editors

      A 65-year-old former FBI employee from Prince William County was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Friday for possessing child pornography.

      Samuel I. Kaplan, of Gainesville, who pleaded guilty June 2 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, was sentenced to 46 months behind bars.

      Kaplan was an information technology program manager at an FBI facility in Chantilly when authorities discovered that he had used the FBI's computer network to "facilitate sexually explict communications," the Justice Department said.

      Investigators said they later found 10 to 20 images on Kaplan's home computer showing juveniles involved in sex acts.

      • msfreeh

        February 22, 2013
        FBI agents caught sexting and dating drug dealers
        Dating drug dealers, harassing ex-boyfriends with naked pictures, and pointing guns at pet dogs: these were just a few of the offences committed recently by serving FBI agents, according to internal documents.
        The US provided officers from the Egyptian secret police with training at the FBI, despite allegations that they routinely tortured detainees and suppressed political opposition.

        By Raf Sanchez, Washington

        Disciplinary files from the Bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility record an extraordinary range of transgressions that reveal the chaotic personal lives of some of America's top law enforcers.

        One male agent was sacked after police were called to his mistress's house following reports of domestic incident. When officers arrived they found the agent "drunk and uncooperative" and eventually had to physically subdue him and wrestle away his loaded gun.

        A woman e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to her ex-boyfriend's wife" and then continued to harass the couple despite two warnings from senior officials. The Bureau concluded she was suffering from depression related to the break-up and allowed her to return to work after 10 days.

    • msfreeh

      The judge dropped all charges against this FBI agent. he still works at the FBI.

      Buffalo FBI Agent Busted
      Dec 10, 2012

      BUFFALO, NY – A Special Agent working in the Buffalo office of the FBI is due in Eden Town Court later this month, after being arrested by New York State Police last Friday night, charged with exposing himself to a fellow motorist on the New York State Thruway.

      State Police Lt. David Denz confirmed for WGRZ-TV that John A. Yervelli Jr., 48, of Lakeview, was charged with Public Lewdness, a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

      According to Denz, a truck driver from central New York was traveling in the right lane while east bound on the Thruway near mile marker 442, between Exits 57 and 57A, when he noticed a grey minivan pull alongside him in the passing lane.

      The trucker told police that when he looked down, he noticed the driver of the other vehicle (who had turned his dome light on) was not wearing pants.

      "At that point the complainant stated that the driver of the minivan was exposing himself and making lewd gestures," Denz told 2 On Your Side.

    • msfreeh

      FBI agent arrested on child sexual assault charge

      January 15, 2008 6:14 PM ET

      PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – An FBI agent is under arrest in Pueblo for investigation of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.

      Authorities say 53-year-old David Allan Johnson is being held in the Pueblo County jail today on a $100,000 bail.

    • msfreeh

      Former Great Falls FBI agent sentenced on child sex charges

      Jan 23, 2008

      A man from Great Falls who's accused of sexually assaulting five underage girls will be spending the next 10 years behind bars.

      Stanley Perkins, 64, changed his plea to guilty after police began investigating him for child molestation in August 2006.

      The former educator, who also served two years as an FBI agent, was sentenced on one count of felony sexual assault.

  • msfreeh

    FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

    April 20, 2009

    Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

    The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.

  • msfreeh

    Child Porn Probe Leads To FBI Headquarters
    Target claims inquiry is just a “misunderstanding”

    JANUARY 5 2011–The government’s pursuit of suspects trafficking in child pornography recently led federal agents to a familiar address–the FBI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, where a bureau official is the subject of an ongoing criminal probe, The Smoking Gun has learned.

    The investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general is focusing on FBI employee Joseph Bonsuk’s receipt of nearly 80 illicit images that were e-mailed to him by an Illinois sex offender whose rap sheet includes felony convictions for bank robbery and solicitation of a minor.

  • msfreeh

    FBI agent convicted of daughters' abuse

    An FBI agent who lives in Carroll County has been convicted of sexually abusing his daughters over a 14-year period.

    The agent, as part of an agreement with prosecutors, pleaded guilty Friday before Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold to two counts of second-degree sexual offense and two counts of child abuse.

    The agent's name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victims.

    In exchange for the agent's plea, the state dropped 18 other counts against him, ordered a presentence investigation and agreed to let him remain free on $125,000 bond pending sentencing Sept. 10.

    The agent was suspended from the FBI's Baltimore field office when he was arrested in December.

  • Steven

    WOW…a story about a pedophile that doesnt have the comments disabled??

    hopefully he doesnt get off easy like all the other people involved in any kind of government

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