FBI Arrests 2 Homeland Security Perverts For Child Porn

A federal investigation into a child porn website resulted in the arrests of 2 Homeland Security employees in Texas.

Federal agent Richard Nikolai Gratkowski, 39, who works for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, was arrested earlier this month, and had a hearing on Friday, reported My San Antonio.com.

“At the same hearing, FBI agent Larry Baker testified that the arrest of Border Patrol agent Paul Casey Whipple of Hondo in mid-December arose out of the same investigation into the child porn website on The Onion Router, or TOR network, which uses thousands of relays or servers, much like layers of an onion, to keep users anonymous,” reported My SA.

Whipple, 34, is charged with producing and distributing child porn. He was denied bond last month and faces 15-30 years in prison if convicted.

Homeland Security said in a statement responding to questions about Gratkowski:

“All Department of Homeland Security employees are held to the highest standards of behavior and ethics. While ICE does not comment on personnel matters, the agency is fully cooperating with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding this issue.”

FBI agent Baker testified that Gratkowski has been with Homeland Security since 2008, focused on gang investigations, and is on paid leave, since his Jan. 4 arrest, as his employer is moving to fire him.

Gratkowski is charged with receiving child porn and faces 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

 

Gratkowski’s lawyer, Marina Thais Douenat, tried to convince U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Chestney to release Gratkowski on bond with restrictions, arguing there was no physical evidence because the computer was destroyed, and also saying adult women can be made to look like young teen girls.

Chestney wasn’t buying the ridiculous argument and refused bond for Gratkowski.

“The website described was designed for child pornography,” Chestney said. “There’s not any other reason to go to that website. …You can’t get there accidentally.”