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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ 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.