- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - A former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. has been charged with possessing and distributing massive amounts of child pornography.

An Anchorage grand jury on Tuesday indicted 38-year-old Gene Geisler on 76 counts of child pornography possession and distribution. If convicted he could face 99 years in prison, Bethel radio station KYUK-AM reported (http://bit.ly/1Wl6feY).

Alaska State Troopers say a judge issued an arrest warrant with bail set at $200,000 and Geisler was arrested in Goose Creek, South Carolina. He’s being held pending extradition.

Prosecutors say Geisler used the hospital’s technology and his own home computers to distribute the pornography.

Assistant attorney general Adam Alexander says in terms of quantity, this is one of the more significant child pornography cases.

“Over 500 pounds of digital devices were seized. That examination involved an examination of over 80 digital devices, each requiring a pretty serious expenditure of resources and time,” said Alexander.

Investigators say Geisler possessed about 29 terabytes of photos and videos. Using the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, investigators identified 56 children who are believed to be victims of child sexual exploitation.

Hospital officials have confirmed Geisler was employed in the IT department. They declined additional comment.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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