Customs and Border Protection employee accused of possessing child pornography

June 07–A paralegal employed by the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, has been arrested on federal child pornography charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami said Wednesday.

Richard Russo, 54, of Boynton Beach, is accused of receiving and possessing pictures and videos of men having sexual relations with boys between the ages of 10 months and 16 years, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received tips in July and November from two different internet service providers that indicated Russell Schroeder, 57, of Oakland Park, had been sharing child-pornography files via online apps and emails, court documents stated.

Broward sheriff’s detectives arrested Schroeder on March 14. He is being held without bond on 13 child pornography-related charges, according to jail booking records.

A review of Schroeder’s confiscated computer files revealed Russo had communicated with Schroeder between Dec. 5 and Feb. 28 and had downloaded at least three pictures and 10 videos, according to court records.

Investigators allege Russo claimed to be a participant in one of the child-pornography files he sent to Schroeder on Jan. 5.

A background check and surveillance revealed Russo had been a paralegal in the Fines, Penalties and Forfeiture Division of Customs and Border Protection since 2003.

If convicted, Russo faces between 5 and 20 years in prison. Russo is being held without bond.

His preliminary court hearing and arraignment are scheduled on June 14 in West Palm Beach.

This article provided by NewsEdge.