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Former Patent Office worker pleads guilty to child pornography offenses

September 27, 2018

A former employee at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office pleaded guilty Thursday to production of child pornography, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

David Edward De Vere, 53, of Woodbridge, Virginia, admitted to inducing a 16-year-old minor from Colorado into sending him images of the minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to the Justice Department. In April 2017, De Vere traveled from Virginia to Colorado in an attempt to engage in sexual activity with the minor, but failed to make contact.

De Vere is a former Equal Employment Specialist at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He will be sentenced on January 11, 2019.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and police from Prince William, Fairfax, Loudon, and Arlington counties, Virginia State Police and the Offices of Inspector General of several foreign agencies.

De Vere is the third federal government employee to plead guilty to child pornography offenses in as many months.

Earlier this month, Edward Thomas Parsons, a former physical security specialist with the Department of Defense pleaded guilty to using a mobile messaging application to solicit child pornography from chat room members. He admitted to receiving and distributing images of child pornography and investigators discovered hundreds of images and videos on his personal computer and cell phone.

In July, Skydance MacMahon, a State Department employee, admitted to producing thousands of child pornography videos over a two-year period.

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