Man charged with sending pornography by computer

Department of Defense worker arrested in Florida

May 12, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

An Owings Mills man employed by the U.S. Department of Defense has been arrested in Tampa, Fla., and charged with using the Internet to send pornography.

Allan Ira Davis, 46, of the first block of Raindrop Circle arranged on the Internet to meet with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, said Detective Lisa Haber of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Haber said messages were intercepted by detectives, who sent an undercover vice officer to the meeting. Davis was arrested Saturday and charged with computer pornography.

Haber said that Davis was released on a $1,000 bond. Computer pornography is a third-class felony in Florida, she said, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Baltimore County police, acting at the request of Florida detectives, obtained a search warrant for Davis' home, took six computers and turned them over to the Department of Defense in Fort Meade, said county police spokesman Bill Toohey.

"His bosses in the Defense Department have asked to look at them," Toohey said.

National Security Agency spokeswoman Judith Emmel said yesterday that the agency could not provide any information on whether Davis was an employee at the agency, which is part of the Defense Department and located at Fort Meade.

Asked whether the Defense Department was confiscating an employee's computer records and laptop computer, Emmel said, "We wouldn't be able to confirm any of that."

According to authorities in Tampa, Davis is a civilian employee who works as an engineer in the Department of Defense.

Sun staff writer Neal Thompson contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 5/12/99

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