MECHANICSBURG (Nov. 6) — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today charged retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Frank Sullivan with more than a dozen felony counts related to possession of child pornography. The charges were the result of a search of Sullivan’s Mechanicsburg home, where investigators allegedly found images of child porn on desktop and laptop computers.
Shapiro said the search turned up computers containing thousands of searches for “preteen” images, as well as pictures of children “engaged in very graphic sexual acts.” The AG’s news release said investigators found images of child porn on a home desktop and laptop.
Sullivan is the former executive director of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission. He is a decorated veteran with tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He waived 15 second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of children and one count of criminal use of a communication facility during a preliminary hearing this afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Kathryn Silcox. Sullivan’s bail is set at $100,000 unsecured.
Shapiro had harsh words for Sullivan in a news release following his arrest.
“General Sullivan’s alleged actions disgrace his work and besmirch the Pennsylvania National Guard, an organization that has bravely and dutifully come to the aid of Pennsylvanians whenever they have been called,” Shapiro said. “I’ve said it time and time again—nobody is above the law. My Office will investigate and prosecute anyone who harms Pennsylvanians, no matter what positions of power they may hold.”
Investigation of File-Sharing Network Led to Arrests
Shapiro said his agents discovered Sullivan’s alleged illegal activity during an investigation on a file-sharing network.
Agents seized a desktop computer and laptop filled with searches and images of pre-teen children during a search of Sullivan’s Tunbridge Lane, Mechanicsburg, home in October, Shapiro said.
In addition to finding child pornography on the laptop, a computer forensic analysis identified 37 search terms commonly used by people looking for child pornography.
The AG’s Child Predator Unit arrested one of Sullivan’s tenants in October. Bobby Glenn Williams Jr. faces charges of disseminating photos of child sex acts, child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility. He is in Cumberland County Jail unable to post bail. Sixcox first set that bail at $200,000 but lowered it to $49,999 during a preliminary hearing Oct. 23.
Williams was renting a room in Sullivan’s Mechanicsburg home.
Sullivan’s next court date is January 23 in Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas. Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones will prosecute the case.