January 17, 2007
Federal prosecutors said a Greene County man had pictures of child pornography and bestiality on his government issued computer and now a jury will decide whether he is guilty or innocent.
Derek Gavegnano is charged with five counts of possessing child pornography and one charge of obscenity. A jury will begin deliberating this case Wednesday morning at U.S. District Court in Charlottesville.
The National Ground Intelligence Center analyst took the stand Wednesday defending himself. He said he didn’t know he downloaded the graphic pictures.
Prosecutors describe what they found on Gavegnano’s government computer as disturbing.
They showed the sexually explicit photos of children and photos of people with animals to the jury Tuesday.
Gavegnano says he may have downloaded the images while working on a top secret assignment for the Army.
Prosecutors say he searched out these photos. Now, it’s up to the jury to decide. They are expected to reach a verdict Wednesday.
Gavegnano was arrested in 2005. The charges stem from incidents alleged in 2003 while he was working for NGIC overseas.