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'Not legally obligated' When confronted with the lapses by the inspector general's investigators, the National Reconnaissance Office's then-top lawyers said they "were not legally obligated ... to report child sexual abuse to DOJ or law enforcement organizations because child abuse is a state crime, not a federal crime," the report said.
The nation's spy satellite agency failed to notify authorities when some employees and contractors confessed during lie detector tests to crimes such as child molestation, an intelligence inspector general has concluded.
In other cases, the National Reconnaissance Office delayed reporting criminal admissions obtained during security clearance polygraphs, possibly jeopardizing evidence in investigations or even the safety of children, according to the inspector general report released Tuesday, almost two years after McClatchy's reporting raised similar concerns.
In one instance, one of the agency's top lawyers told colleagues not to bother reporting confessions by a government contractor of child molestation, viewing child pornography and sexting with a minor, the inquiry by the inspector general for the intelligence community revealed.