- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 15, 2007

Randall Casseday, 54, a former director of the human resources department at The Washington Times, was sentenced yesterday to 7 years in prison on his plea of guilty to possession of child pornography and online child exploitation.

He was arrested Sept. 26 after he arranged online to have a sexual encounter with a D.C. police detective posing as a 13-year-old girl. The Times fired Casseday after his arrest in the 1300 block of Brentwood Road Northeast.

According to police and court documents, Casseday initiated a conversation with the undercover officer in an online “chat room.” During a two-hour online conversation he sent via e-mail several graphic photographs of himself, and the detective sent back a photograph of “a young child in a bathing suit.”

Prosecutors praised Casseday’s supervisors for their help in the investigation by assisting in the search of his company personal laptop computer and by assisting in the search for other evidence, including a computer disk that investigators said contained images of child pornography.

A police detective testified at Casseday’s detention hearing last year that investigators found child pornography on his computer and 500 rounds of ammunition in his car.

Casseday’s attorney argued for his pretrial release, saying he had the ammunition because he was an avid sportsman. He was ordered to remain in jail for trial.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly sentenced Casseday to a further 20 years probation following his release from prison, and he will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

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