Solar observatory in New Mexico was closed because of FBI child porn investigation

Solar observatory in New Mexico was closed due to FBI child porn investigation

An FBI investigation into child pornography caused the widely talked about the mysterious 11-day closure of the solar observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico.

The mysterious closure and evacuation of the National Solar Observatory on September 6 sparked many rumors and speculation. A lot of it was conspiracy theories relating to the nearby U.S. military bases and Roswell, famous for its UFO conspiracies.

However, FBI court documents show that a janitor that worked at the solar observatory in Sunspot was sending and receiving child porn via the observatory’s wireless system.

After the suspect reportedly became agitated that his laptop was missing. the facility was closed  The suspect in question has not been charged or arrested, Reuters news reports.

The case is currently under investigation, Frank Fisher, a spokesman for the FBI field office in Albuquerque said.

A warrant issued by a U.S. magistrate in Las Cruces, New Mexico, revealed that agents seized three cell phones, five laptops, one iPad, an external hard drive, 16 thumb drives, 89 compact flash disks and other material from the suspect’s home on Sept. 14.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, the janitor started questioning employee’s at the observatory about missing “cleaning supplies.” The janitor also reportedly complained about “lax security” at the facility and suggested someone was breaking into the facility at night to use the internet and also steal toilet paper.

The Journal reported:

As time went on, agents say the janitor’s actions grew increasingly “frantic” and he continually approached the chief observer with questions and comments about missing items.

“(The janitor) had continued to look feverishly through the facility and continued to make comments about the lax security,” an agent wrote in the search warrant.

The janitor went as far as saying the observatory’s decoy security cameras were a joke and it was only a matter of time until it “got hit.” 

The National Science Foundation, National Solar Observatory, and Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy oversee the observatory and decided to evacuate and close the facility when the janitor suggested there was a serial killer in the area who could possibly enter the facility and execute someone, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The observatory reopened on Monday.

Report by Pete Andrews for MilneNews.com

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