Federal Employee Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Illegal Content Over Agency WiFi

A former federal employee at the VA is headed to prison for what he was caught doing while using the agency’s public wifi network.

A former federal employee from the VA Medical Center in Leeds has been sentenced to prison after getting caught using the agency’s public wifi network to distribute child pornography.

Kevin A. Divoll, 51, was indicted on charges last year and pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography on April 24, 2023.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni sentenced him to eight years in prison and five years of supervised release on July 19, 2023. Divoll was also ordered to pay $5,000 each to two of the identified victims.

Divoll was identified as the owner and user of a device on the VA Medical Center’s public wifi network that was distributing child pornography from May 2022 through July 2022.

A search of his residence also found that he was in possession of child pornography that involved a prepubescent minor and a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.

If this sounds like a unique case, it isn’t.

In 2022, a federal employee who worked at the Architect of the Capitol was sentenced to eight years in prison after he got caught using the public WiFi network at the Library of Congress to access websites that contained images and videos of child pornography.

In 2021, a federal employee was sentenced to 24 months in prison for accessing child pornography images while he was stationed aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientific research vessel.

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