The media has been shielding many of the scandals and controversies that are plaguing the Democratic Party at the moment. Hardly a day seems to pass without a new scandal, or an update to an existing one, coming to the public’s attention.
A new scandal has come out that is particularly repulsive: a California deputy attorney general and son of a Watergate figure has been charged in federal court with possessing child pornography at his Coronado home. (via San Diego Union-Tribune)
Raymond Joseph Liddy, a state prosecutor, was arrested on Tuesday, and after pleading not guilty to child pornography possession charges, was released on a $100,000 bond. He is on home detention with GPS monitoring. Liddy is the son of the infamous G. Gordon Liddy, who was one of the key figures who helped direct the burglary in the Watergate scandal.
The investigation began when one electronic service provider sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children earlier in the year that a user had uploaded an image that featured child pornography. Soon, more tips were coming through to the organization that the same user had uploaded several more images on a messaging program.
Eventually narrowing down the suspect to Liddy, FBI agents confirmed that he used internet services from the first provider and the screen name associated with the second provider, and he admitted that he did use the messaging program. He told investigators that he would talk about ‘sexual fantasies’ with individuals on the internet and that he often saved images.
Although he feigned innocence, claiming that most of the erotic images he had seen were of adults, investigators searched his home after obtaining a warrant and found a thumb drive full of minors engaged in sexual activities, many of whom were under the age of 12.
The attorney general’s office has placed him on administrative leave and refused to comment on the situation.
Liddy was found to be in possession of child pornography. Should he be punished with the full measure of the law?
Facing a preliminary court hearing on August 8th, it is frightening to see a state prosecutor, a public servant who should be protecting and upholding the law, participating in the distribution of child pornography. Even worse, what made him feel so confident that he wouldn’t get caught?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it a special focus of the Justice Department to protect children who are victims, saying, “Child abuse and child exploitation cases are a high priority for me as United States Attorney, and they will be a high priority now for me as attorney general. And I want you to know that we can, we are now, and we will continue. You will make a difference in this fight and protect children that need to be protected and deserve our protection in every single way…it takes dedicated people to investigate and prosecute these despicable crimes.” (via YouTube)
Thankfully, those in top positions of law enforcement are committed to rooting out these despicable individuals. As Sessions, joined by the rest of law enforcement across the country, work their hardest to apprehend these criminals, we can only hope justice will be served to those who enable child pornography.