Former Air Force Colonel Sentenced to Five Years
Mike Seals - May 12, 2021 12:04 am
OKLAHOMA – Yesterday, BRIAN WADE EDDY, 46, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was sentenced to serve 64 months in federal prison for accessing and viewing images of child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
On June 17, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a one-count Indictment that charged Eddy with knowingly accessing, with intent to view, child pornography from his government-issued laptop. According to the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, at the time of the incident Eddy was a civilian employee at Tinker Air Force Base and was a ranking Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. Eddy has since been terminated.
On September 2, 2020, Eddy pleaded guilty to the Indictment. As part of his plea, Eddy admitted that he searched for and viewed images of child pornography from his government laptop in December 2019.
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton sentenced Eddy to serve 64 months in federal prison for his conduct, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Eddy was also ordered to pay a total of $5,100.00 in special assessments. In imposing the sentence, Judge Heaton noted the nature and circumstances of the offense, specifically highlighting the exploitation of those who are most vulnerable.
This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia E. Barry prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the DOJ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
Reference is made to court filings for further information.