Maryland man gets 8 years for using Library of Congress network to access child pornography

A former federal employee from Maryland will serve eight years in prison for using the Library of Congress wireless network to download and view videos and images showing sexual abuse of young children.

A former federal employee from Maryland will serve eight years in prison for using the Library of Congress wireless network to download and view videos and images showing sexual abuse of young children.

Gary Lee Peksa, 58, of Mechanicsville, pleaded guilty last December to receiving child pornography, and was sentenced on Wednesday, a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said.

After his prison sentence, Peksa will be on probation for 20 years. He is also required to pay $47,000 in restitution to victims and register as a sex offender for at least 15 years.

Between October 2018 and July 2019, Peksa, who worked as a sheet metal mechanic for the Capitol Architect at the library, connected his cell phone to the Library of Congress’ public wireless network.

He accessed websites containing child pornography images and videos while he was in the bathroom, his office and a break room, prosecutors said. He accessed similar documents at home, using his own laptop and Wi-Fi service.

The Library of Congress’ Network Security Operations Center informed investigators of web traffic associated with child pornography and child sexual exploitation.

Capitol Police took Peksa’s laptop in July 2019 and found hundreds of images of abused young children. He was arrested in October 2019.


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