Crime & Courts

State of Alaska employee arrested on charges of possessing child pornography

The FBI arrested an Eagle River man and state of Alaska employee who they say possessed and accessed child pornography, the agency said Friday.

John Daniel Brooks, 51, told investigators that he had more than 1,000 images and videos of child pornography on the hard drive attached to his work computer, according to charging documents filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Brooks and his wife had officially adopted four foster children, between ages 1 and 13, according to an affidavit written by FBI special agent Jolene Goeden.

Brooks is a programmer with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, according to state records.

He has worked there since 2010, according to an email from Kate Sheehan, director of the state division of personnel and labor relations.

“He is currently on unpaid leave,” she said.

On Sept. 20, the chief security officer for the state reported to the FBI that Brooks had accessed child pornography images on his state-owned computer, following an alert from malware software, according to the court records.

Brooks is in custody awaiting his initial court hearing on Monday, said Lisa Houghton, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Justice in Anchorage.

The FBI is asking people with further information about Brooks’s activities to contact the agency at (907) 276-4441.

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