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William Gazafi, US Air Force Commissioned Officer, charged with sexually exploiting children to produce porn

5:32 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) --  An Air Force commissioned officer has been indicted for sexually exploiting children to produce porn.

According to authorities,  44-year-old William S. Gazafi of Lusby, Maryland was charged with six counts of sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography on Wednesday. Gazafi is a non-commissioned U.S. Air Force officer working at Andrews Air Force Base.

According to the indictment and criminal complaint, on August 15 Gazafi chatted with an undercover officer on a website dedicated to incest discussions. Gazafi is accused of discussing his sexual interest in children and revealing he had been drugging and molesting several children, including an infant. He also allegedly sent seven images to the undercover officer, including three images he claimed he took.

Authorities say the FBI identified Gazafi, and he was arrested while carrying multiple digital media items on September 3. He remains in jail.

Authorities say the investigation revealed videos and images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The images and videos included one child as young as five months old, according to authorities. The images also depict children bound and handcuffed while sleeping, say authorities. 

Gazafi is expected to have his initial appearance on the indictment in federal court in Greenbelt early next week.  He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison followed by up to lifetime of supervised release, according to authorities.

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