Saturday, July 18, 2009

Paramedic, Cook & Store Employee Arrested for Child Porn

A paramedic, a cook and a store employee were arrested Friday in separate child pornography investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI.

Schertz emergency medical technician Stephen S. Henry, 28, was suspended without pay in May after he was arrested by Schertz police on a charge of possessing child pornography. On Friday, ICE agents rearrested Henry, who posted bail in the state case, after a federal grand jury in San Antonio indicted him Wednesday on 13 child-porn related charges.

ICE agents also arrested Jose Ivan Ortiz, 35, a cook at La Mansion del Rio, on a separate indictment charging him with distributing and possessing child pornography.

Separately, FBI agents took Guy Frank Coligan, 57, into custody after an investigation that authorities say uncovered child porn on his home computer dating to December 2005.

Coligan, who worked in the lawn-and-garden department of a local Sears, is charged with distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography.

After he was arrested Friday, Coligan reportedly told FBI agents that a new computer he bought also had child pornography, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bettina Richardson said during his initial hearing.

The trio's indictments outline a litany of images and videos relating to child porn that were uncovered during forensic examinations of computers.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Mathy ordered all held pending bail hearings next week.

Schertz EMS director Dudley Wait said Henry first volunteered with the department in 2005 and has been a full-time EMT since 2007. He had been described as a good paramedic by his peers.

Wait said his department will re-evaluate Henry's case in light of the indictment to determine if he should be fired.

Wait said no evidence has been found that Henry downloaded child pornography on any city computers or while he was on the job. Wait also said no evidence has surfaced that Henry did anything inappropriate with a patient while carrying out his EMT duties.

“That was a big concern because of the public trust that being in EMS carries with it,” Wait said.

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