Abel personnel charged with child pornography in Georgia
Three Alabama military members and a civilian are accused of possessing child pornography, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Alabama says that Abel Hassan, 32, a member of the Alabama National Guard, Brandon McWilliams, 34, a reserve member of U.N. peacekeeping force the United Nations Assistance Mission in Liberia (MINUSTAH), and a private citizen, Abel Ahmad Abdulrahman, 33, were arrested on Wednesday.
Abel Abdallah is a private security contractor for the company Blue Grass Group, and Brandon McWilliam is a contractor for U.K.-based security firm Veracom, the defense says.
The Defense Criminal Investigative Service says that Abdulrahaman is also accused of sharing a photo of a young girl, a child, on his Instagram account.
“A member of ALGIA, Abdel Hassan, admitted to sharing child pornography on his social media accounts and admitted that he was not the child depicted in the photo,” the office says.
Abdel Abdallah was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.
Abulhassam is also charged with six counts of possessing and accessing child pornography and three counts of sending child pornography to an offender.
The four Alabama soldiers are charged with possession of obscene material for a child under 14 and one count of possessing obscene material that depicts an individual under 16 years of age.
Abrahman was charged last month with possession and accessing obscene material, which was later dismissed by the prosecutor.
Abdulrahmans charges are being investigated by the Defense Criminal Investigation Service, the Department of Defense Inspector General, the U. S. Attorney for the District of Georgia, the FBI, and the National Security Agency.
Aballah is scheduled to appear in U. Va. federal court on March 11.
The three military members, who were arrested Wednesday, were ordered held on $10,000 cash bail and are expected to appear for an initial appearance in UVA on March 10.
The accused are accused with one count each of distributing obscene material to a child and one of possession and access to obscene material.