By Patience Wait
(Updated) - Two weeks after a Defense Information Systems Agency
official was arrested on a charge of child pornography, the U.S.
Attorney's office handling the case dropped the charge. But a
spokeswoman in the U.S. Attorney's Office said the investigation is
"This is an ongoing investigation, so we don't have any comments," the
Charles Lynch, director of DISA's IP version 6 transition program, was
arrested March 8 and indicted in the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of Virginia the next day on one count of possessing
According to a statement by the DOD Inspector General's Office, court
documents alleged that Lynch had been operating a peer-to-peer
file-sharing program on a computer in his office at DISA. Agents
confiscated several computers and more than 1,000 CDs from Lynch's
Lynch, 44, is on leave without pay from DISA.
The investigation is being conducted by the Defense Criminal
Investigative Service, the FBI and the DISA OIG. Joseph McMillan,
special agent in charge of the DCIS Mid-Atlantic Field Office, would
not elaborate on why the charge was dismissed. "It's our policy
neither to deny nor confirm the existence of an ongoing criminal
investigation," McMillan said.
In apparently unrelated cases, a Homeland Security Department official
was arrested earlier this week for soliciting sex with a minor. And
last week, federal agents seized computer equipment from the desk of a
NASA official, based on information developed during a U.S. Postal
Inspection Service undercover investigation of Internet trafficking in
EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this story, posted April 6,
reported Lynch's arrest and indictment, but did not report that the
charge had been dismissed. The U.S. Attorney's Office, when contacted
April 6 about the arrest, said only that the investigation is
continuing, but not that the charge had been dismissed.
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