Connecticut postal worker charged with viewing child porn on work computer

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — In a joint operation between the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service, an investigation took place regarding the importation, distribution and possession of child pornography at a U.S. Postal Facility in Connecticut.

From January 2011 through May 2011, this joint operation has been investigating U.S. Postal service employee John Gearhart of Willington. Investigators talked with Gearhart during the investigation and then seized a U.S. federal work computer Gearhart’s desk for further investigative examination.

The initial analysis and investigation revealed that Gearhart attempted to import, possess, view, watch and download images and videos of child pornography using his U.S. postal service work computer.

An arrest warrant for Gearhart was issued from G.A. 14 in Hartford.

On June 15, 2011, Gearhart turned himself in to State Police Barracks, Troop H, in Hartford, where he was arrested and processed according to department policy and procedure. He was released on a court-set bond of $25,000 and will return to court on June 29, 2011.

Arrested: John F Gearhart Jr
(D.O.B. 03/06/1956)
102 Pinney Hill Road, Willington

Charges: Criminal Attempt at Possession of Child Pornography, 1st Degree Criminal Attempt at Importing Child Pornography

Additional charges may be forthcoming, as the investigation is active and on-going.

  • Gregg

    Is this PERV a supervisor?? Does is really matter?? Get rid of this clown!! The USPS will save some money!!Every little bit helps!! Thanks,John!!

  • JOe

    He was a bulk mail CLERK

  • jimbo

    do like china……………….shoot him

  • Steve Cebriak

    Major companies, including the USPS, have been monitoring computer use (and abuse) by employees for years. It’s not a secret. How stupid!