Anthony Thomas Macaluso, 54, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison after being fired from his federal job after looking at pornography at work on a government computer. Macaluso was a mathematician at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, in Dahlgren, Virginia. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne also fined Macaluso $10,000 and order him to undergo 10 years of supervision after his release.

The case was in federal court because Macaluso’s crimes were committed on federal property. The case was perhaps unique because unlike most other such federal child pornography prosecutions, Macaluso did not buy, download, or forward any of the material he viewed.

Macaluso had faced a possible sentence of as many as 10 years in prison, with federal sentencing guidelines calling for 30 to 37 months. However, both the prosecution and the defense attorney argued for a shorter term in federal prison. The government argued for two years behind bars, while Macaluso’s attorney sought supervised probation or home incarceration.

Judge Payne agreed to a more lenient sentence. “To protect the public, this defendant needs to go to prison,” he said in court. Payne also imposed a fine 10 times larger than that sought by the federal prosecutors. He also said that Macaluso should have the experience of being imprisoned to stress his need for reform. According to the judge, a longer prison term would only delay the treatment he needs.

Macaluso told Payne before the sentenced was handed down, “I am truly sorry for committing the crime that I am about to be sentenced for.” He is now in sex offender treatment. With no other criminal record to his name, Macaluso will be free on supervised release until reporting to prison on December 5. 

Macaluso pleaded guilty in July, admitting that he used his work computer to access child pornography for two years. He had been an employee at Dahlgren for 25 years. His misconduct was detected in March 2015 after a routine sweep of employees’ internet activity showed that he had accessed two suspected child porn websites. 

Attorney Jacqueline M. Reiner, who is of counsel to Macaluso, told the court, “I can’t think of any other offense where looking is a felony.” Macaluso, she said, made a full and voluntary confession, cooperated with authorities, and accepted full responsibility.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel E. Fishel told that cold that Macaluso worked on a military base with access to highly sensitive information. “He abused this position of trust by expending federal resources and using his time on the public clock to access ... heinous images of children engaged in sexual conduct,” Fishel wrote. “He is a man who has over time accessed hundreds of images ... while at work.”
 



SHARE

Short Link

Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

Comments

RELATED NEWS