A member of the Secret Service is under arrest today, after being charged with a disgusting crime against children.
Yesterday, Secret Service employee Jeffrey Litteral was arrested near his home by Maryland State Police on charges that he owned and uploaded child pornography online.
It is not clear what role Litteral had at the Secret Service, or if he had access to the President. Besides providing protection for the President, the Secret Service also investigates financial and internet crime. They were initially created to investigate monetary counterfeiting, something they still do today.
Litteral has been charged with possession of child porn, distribution of child porn, possession of obscene material and distribution of obscene material.
A Maryland State Police news release says a Secret Service employee has been arrested on child porn related charges.
Maryland resident 52-year-old Jeffrey Litteral was arrested Wednesday. A statement by the U.S. Secret Service says Litteral’s security clearance has been suspended and he’s been placed on administrative leave.
The investigation into Litteral started in 2017 when the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about child porn being uploaded online. A search warrant was served at his home Wednesday night and electronic equipment was confiscated to be examined.
Litteral is being held without bond. Additional charges are possible and the investigation is ongoing.
After Litteral was arrested, the Secret Service issued a statement. “All Secret Service issued equipment has been retrieved and the employee’s access to all Secret Service facilities is terminated. These allegations, if proven true, are intolerable and are condemned by the Secret Service,” the agency said.
This is not the first sex scandal to hit the Secret Service in recent years. According to the Washington Post, during the Obama era, several Secret Service agents were fired after they were caught hiring prostitutes while protecting the President on a trip to Columbia in 2012.