FAA Aviation Safety Inspector Convicted of Possession of Child Pornography
On February 13, 2018, a jury in U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, convicted William Pothier of Exeter, New Hampshire, for possession of child pornography. Pothier is an aviation safety inspector for FAA.
In January 2016, the Exeter Police Department received information that an IP address affiliated with a residence in Exeter was sharing child pornography using Shareaza, a peer-to-peer, file-sharing software. Further investigation by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children (NHICAC) Task Force led to Pothier. On March 30, 2016, members of the NHICAC Task Force executed a state search warrant at Pothier’s residence. A forensic examination of the laptop seized during the search discovered videos and thumbnail images of child pornography.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI; NHICAC Task Force members from the Exeter, Portsmouth, and Hampton Police Departments; Strafford County Sheriff’s Office; and U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Hampshire.