Air Force nuclear scientist arrested for child porn

Chief scientist monitoring worldwide nuclear bomb activity arrested for possessing child porn

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MELBOURNE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The chief scientist for the Air Force's Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) at Patrick Air Force base was arrested on ten counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.

According to an arrest report, more than 50 pornographic files were found on multiple computers at the Melbourne home of 71-year-old David O'Brien.  Agents with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI, obtained a search warrant to remove the computers as evidence from the retired lieutenant colonel's home.

Dr. David O'Brien has worked as the chief scientist at AFTAC for 24 years, according to his biography on the Department of Defense's website.  The military branch is charged with detecting nuclear explosions 24-7 around the world.

The Air Force said O'Brien has not been removed from his position, and agents with the Sheriff's Office do not believe any of the images were contained on computers at his work. Still, the USAF Office of Investigations is looking into it.

O'Brien is being held in the Brevard County Jail on $250,000 bond.

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