With the recent separation of children from their families at the Southern U.S. border, there has been some concern and several allegations of child abuse within the child detention centers holding these children. That’s what makes today’s news that one border patrol agent has been charged with distributing child pornography even more worrisome.
According to Syracuse.com, Keith E. Hook, a 54-year-old border patrol agent from Oswego, New York, has been charged with using the internet to distribute child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He allegedly used Kik Messenger to send child pornography to other Kik Users between the dates of April 30 and May 4, 2018.
Hook’s mobile device had two video files and close to three dozen images consisting of child pornography. If convicted on charges, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
It’s worth noting that Hook was not patrolling the southern border, and it does not mention where these photos and videos originated from, but it certainly brings to light another problem that can arise when taking children out of the protection of their parents’ custody at the border.