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Child pornography supect commits suicide at Ohio police station

4-16-2011 Ohio:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 16 2011 — A man who committed suicide at an Ohio police station was a suspect in a federal criminal investigation into child pornography, officials said.

John T. Callicotte fatally shot himself in a parking lot at police headquarters in Hilliard, Ohio, Tuesday after federal agents searched his house for three hours, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported.

For 11 years Callicotte, 46, had been the chief financial officer of Amethyst Inc., a local non-profit organization that aids women with addiction problems and their children, the newspaper said.

“John was a valued and respected employee,” Virginia O’Keeffe, the agency’s chief executive officer, said. “He was a devoted husband and father. We’re trying to cope. He’s been a good friend to all of us.”

Agents were searching Callicotte’s house for evidence of child pornography, a search warrant filed in U.S. District Court said.

Agents have not asked a judge for permission to search Amethyst, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said.

“We’ll cooperate with anything that they ask us to,” O’Keeffe said.

ICE enforces federal laws covering sexual exploitation of children via the Internet. ..Source.. by

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