Army sergeant indicted on federal child porn charges

An Army sergeant previously assigned to Fort Benning has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

Leonard C. Talley Jr. allegedly admitted he downloaded and shared a cache of illicit images stored on his computers, according to investigators.

Talley, 34, had been arrested on state charges in March 2011, but he now faces federal distribution of child pornography charges that carry a minimum five-year prison sentence. The federal indictment was handed down last week.

The case began after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent monitoring peer-to-peer file sharing networks downloaded more than 900 images and movies from an account traced to Talley’s IP address. Detective Sandra Hickey of the Columbus Police Department testified at a preliminary court hearing last year that she viewed at least 10 images in Talley’s collection containing child pornography.

His stash, stored on several computers and external hard drives, had been too voluminous to be catalogued during a search of Talley’s Schomburg Road apartment.

Talley joined the military in 2002, but a Fort Benning spokesman said he is now separated from the Army. An attorney for Talley had not seen the indictment and declined to comment.

State charges of sexual exploitation of children remain pending against Talley, according to court records.