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Hospital worker pleads guilty in child porn case

Posted June 13, 2008

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— A Garner man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing child pornography, authorities said.

Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital officials called Dunn police recently after finding a hospital employee had been using a computer to access and view child pornography, authorities said.

An analysis of the computer found 125 pictures of men having sex with girls, and some of the pictures had been downloaded as far back as November 2005, authorities said.

Investigators obtained a warrant to seize three personal computers at the employee's home and found another 540 images of child pornography on one, including some that matched images of children in the database of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, authorities said.

Joseph Dale Rackley, 52, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. His sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 22.

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  • ShareTheRoad Jun 13, 2008

    OMG i wonder if there is any way they can use those images to find those kids who matched the missing and exploited kids list.

  • davidgnews Jun 13, 2008

    I did IT work in a hospital, and this is no surprise.

    It's ramapant - if they'd look at computers in other hosptials they'd find the same, or worse, most likely.

    The ones that get bored on 3rd shift are usually behind it, and they're typically lower-level staff workers rather than actual caregivers. They were always going to sites they shouldn't, downloading viruses, and wrecking machines along the way.

    We finally had to use severe desktop rules to put a dent in the problem.

  • dianadarling Jun 13, 2008

    This makes me want to throw up. I hope they find some of the missing kids and try to salvage some of their childhood.