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Still no arrests after alleged child porn at Sunspot Observatory

Ryan Laughlin
October 11, 2018 07:21 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A month after the mysterious Sunspot Observatory shutdown, due apparently to a child porn investigation involving the FBI, a single arrest has yet to be made. 

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The FBI cited an ongoing investigation as the reason for no updates to the case. 

New documents obtained by KOB – emails from New Mexico State professor James McAteer, who runs the observatory – provide new details on the chaotic days before and after the shutdown.

One email shows it was the FBI's suggestion to close down the site, even though NMSU Police disagreed with the decision. Lack of information frustrated those closest to the operations.

Another email from McAteer read that the professor felt "the federal authorities have a moral obligation” to update employees on the investigation. Over nearly 2,000 pages of emails obtained by KOB, aliens are mentioned 47 times, but never in a serious context.

"We don't have aliens, although clearly that would be good for funding," one email reads. "The earth-destroying CME (coronal mass ejection) is not on the way, although clearly that would be good for funding."

A federal search warrant detailed the janitor using a laptop to distribute child porn. That janitor has not been charged with any crimes.

In an email sent to KOB Thursday, McAteer said he believes the janitor no longer works at the site.

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