PA Attorney General: Retired Air Force General charged with child pornography possession
HARRISBURG, PA. (WENY) – A retired Air Force general has been charged with more than a dozen felony charges after allegedly possessing child pornography.
According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Air Force Brig. Gen. Frank Sullivan was charged after an October search of his Mechanicsburg home reportedly turned up with computers containing thousands of searches for “preteen images”, as well as pictures of children “engaged in very graphic sexual acts”. Shapiro said investigators discovered the images during an investigation on a file sharing network. A forensic analysis reportedly identified 37 search terms commonly used by people looking for child pornography.
According to AG Shapiro, Sullivan is the former executive director of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission and a decorated veteran with tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was arrested in Cumberland County Wednesday and charged with 15 counts of second degree felony sexual abuse of children and one count of criminal use of a community facility.
“General Sullivan’s alleged actions disgrace his work and besmirch the Pennsylvania National Guard, an organization that has bravely and dutifully come to the aid of Pennsylvanians whenever they have been called,” said AG Shapiro “I’ve said it time and time again—nobody is above the law. My Office will investigate and prosecute anyone who harms Pennsylvanians, no matter what positions of power they may hold.”
Back in October, the Attorney General's Office's Child Predator Unit arrested Bobby Glenn Williams, Jr. and charged him with 14 felony counts of disseminating photos of child sex acts, 11 felony counts of child pornography and one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility. Investigators say Williams was renting a room in Sullivan's home at the time.
Sullivan was arraigned and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Kathryn Silcox, and Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones will prosecute the case.