Santee resident Eric Hans Frasher, 48, was arrested by FBI agents on Tuesday morning based on an arrest warrant that charges Frasher with distribution of child pornography, according to an FBI press release.
Frasher, a registered , was arrested at his work because of a federal complaint filed that stated an undercover FBI agent used a public online file sharing program to download many "images depicting child pornography directly from Frasher's computer."
A federal search warrant was first served at Frasher's Santee home on Feb. 16, 2011, when FBI agents interviewed him. Agents said Frasher admitted to using a file sharing program to receive and distrbute child pornograph images. Computers were siezed at this time, and it was confirmed by forensic analysis that his hard drives contained hundreds of images depicting minors engaging in , according to the FBI.
Frasher was classified as a in 2000 when he was convicted of one count of Posession of Images of Children Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct. He is set to appear in court on Wednesday.
The investigation that led to Frasher's arrest was a joint effort of the FBI's Innocent Images National Initiative (IINI) and the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
"The mission of the IINI is to reduce the vulnerability of children to acts of sexual exploitation and abuse which are facilitated through the use of computers; to identify and rescue child victims; to investigate and prosecute sexual predators who use the Internet and other online services to sexually exploit children for personal or financial gain; and to strengthen the capabilities of federal, state, local, and international law enforcement through training programs and investigative assistance," according to the FBI press release.