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Missouri Air Traffic Controller Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

On August 27, 2008, David Trigg, Air Traffic Control Specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pled guilty in U.S. District Court, St. Louis, Missouri, to receiving and possessing child pornography. The DOT/OIG investigation revealed an air traffic controller was accessing child pornography through a FAA computer network located in the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower in Chesterfield, Missouri. Subsequently, a federal search warrant was obtained and forensic examination of a computer recovered multiple images depicting child pornography. Mr. Trigg admitted to utilizing this FAA computer to access child pornography prior to his shifts in the air traffic control tower. He also admitted to using his home computer to access child pornography. Mr. Trigg was placed on indefinite suspension from the FAA pending criminal action in the matter. His sentencing date is scheduled for November 14, 2008. This was a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.