Fort Drum Soldier Caught with Large Amount of Child Pornography

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Monoah Brown, Staff News Repackager

A Fort Drum soldier has been accused of possessing over 10,000 images of child pornography. Prosecutors claim he used personal and government computers to collect the material. 

The suspect, Scott D. McKay, 39, apparently told police investigators that about 40% of his pornography collection was of people under the age of 16. According to the Watertown Daily Times, McKay is charged with possession and receipt of child pornography, and access with intent to view child pornography.

US Army criminal investigators (CID) were first notified to start the investigation on June 29th, 2015 that McKay attempted to use an army computer to view 94 different sites that included child pornography.

McKay admitted to searching, downloading and viewing child pornography on his government computer as well as his personal computer. He described himself as a collector of child pornograpbhy, and stored many images, videos and files on separate hard drives, computers and tablets.

He told the investigators that he thought the children in the images and videos were between the ages of 18 and 10.

Army investigators seized several computers owned by McKay and found over 11,000 images and videos identified as child pornography.

He appeared in federal court in Syracuse on Thursday, to face the charges. He was ordered to surrender his passport and stay home using a GPS tracking device.  The court also told him he cannot have access to any computer or any device capable of using the internet without court order.

“All service members have been entrusted by the public to uphold high standards of professional and personal conduct,” Lt. Col. Donald A. Korpi, 10th Mountain Division spokesman said in an email to the Times. “We at Fort Drum take these standards very seriously and actively work with law enforcement to investigate and hold accountable service members who violate that trust.”