Former Postmaster Pleads Guilty To Possession of Child Pornography

The following information was released by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia:

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 55 year old Jefferson, Maryland, resident entered a plea of guilty on January 14, 2008, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that LORENZO LEAK entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with possession of child pornography. Specifically, LEAK used his government computer at the United States Post Office to access the internet and download child pornography.

LEAK, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. As part of his plea, LEAK agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $13,509.77 for U. S. Post Office money orders which he converted to his own use.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service – Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to previous news reports:

The former Postmaster was indicted by a federal grand jury  for alleged possession of child pornography and 82 counts of embezzlement. Lorenzo Leak Jr. was the Postmaster at the Falling Waters Post Office when the alleged offenses occurred between 2004 and 2006. He allegedly had possession of a computer disk with about 100 child pornography images on it that he viewed on a computer at that post office, according to the indictment. He also allegedly cashed 82 money orders that enriched him by more than $11,000.