A NASA employee was given security clearance and later allowed to retire, after he was caught with child pornography.
Investigators “found thousands of images of young girls in provocative poses in addition to two images which appear to be child pornography” on a hard drive owned by the NASA employee, admitted a 2015 NASA Inspector General (IG). “Also on the hard drive was a 216 page document authored and last modified by [redacted] containing short stories, most of which graphically describe an adult male exposing his genitals and/or masturbating in front of young girls between 10 and 16 years old in various situations,” the report said.
The IG was also previously aware of the employee’s troubled nature from a background check, which revealed similar behavior: “The document indicated that … [redacted] was investigated for, among other things, showing too much interest in young girls,” said the report. Witnesses for the background check described him as, irrational,” “abusive,” “immature,” and was “highly emotional and quick to anger,” as well as having “emotional problems,” and that he “lacked self-control.” In addition, that he “may have harassed a rape victim” and told former co-workers that he “wanted a girlfriend between the ages of 12-16” and “would never date a girl … over 16 years old.”
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Investigators also discovered spreadsheets with login information for various websites, several of which “were previously identified as being associated with child pornography,” the report said. “[S]everal of the usernames in the list contain [redacted] name, e-mail address or portions of his name.”
Investigators searched the employee’s NASA-issued computer and found “several law enforcement training documents on the computer’s hard drive, some of which pertain to the investigation of sexual crimes against children,” the report said. “There were documents pertaining to computer crime investigations.”
The documents include a 160-page manual titled “Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis,” a 137-page document titled “Electronic Crime Scene Investigation,” and a 299-page document titled “Searching and Seizing Computers and Obtaining Electronic Evidence in Criminal Investigations.”
Regardless, NASA determined that “the granting of a security clearance … is clearly consistent with the interests of national security,” a NASA endorsement of the background check said.