A 33-year-old U.S. Army criminal investigator accused of downloading child pornography allegedly told federal agents he is a pedophile who has been collecting child porn since he was 15 years old.
Jeremy Drews, a U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division special agent assigned to Fort Bliss, is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on Friday on one count each of receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography. If convicted, Drews faces between five and 20 years in prison for the distribution and receipt charges, and up to 10 years in prison for the possession charge.
According to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court, an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations' Cyber Crimes Group in August found a computer traced back to Drews sharing 21 child-porn files.
In September, agents reviewed four of the files, which depicted girls between the ages of 9 and 12 participating in sex acts with adults. Two of the videos also depicted bestiality.
On Oct. 11, agents executed a search warrant at Drews' home in the 10700 block of Pearl Sands in Northeast El Paso and seized two computers, an iPad, digital cameras and other electronic items capable of storing computer files. Agents also looked through a desktop computer and found several child-porn videos.
Agents who interviewed Drews during his arrest said he admitted using file-sharing software to download pornography and said he was the only person who used the desktop computer.
"I am a pedofile (sic)," Drews allegedly told agents, according to the affidavit. "I've been a collector since I was (15) and I know what I was doing was wrong but I can't stop."
Agents stated in the affidavit that Drews had "an (i)nsatiable craving for all types of sexual stimulation."
Drews also allegedly told agents, "I don't look at child porn as the only thing, it's just part of it because sometimes you want chicken and sometimes you want steak."
According to the affidavit, Drews said he wanted to stop and fantasized about getting caught, but couldn't stop downloading pornography.
A federal judge last month ordered Drews to be detained without bond pending his trial date. According to a document filed last week by prosecutors, Drews has until Jan. 7 to notify court officials if he intends to plead guilty.
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