Federal Agents Catch OC Man Uploading Child Porn to Twitter

Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse (Photo by R.Scott Moxley)

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigation caught a 67-year-old Irvine man using Twitter to publish hundreds of child pornography images and videos, many involving Asian elementary school age boys. 

Seth Kelly Gifford faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

But this defendant will likely receive a shorter term given that he quickly pleaded guilty and spared prosecutors the expense of conducting a trial inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse. 

In addition to the Twitter activity, DHS raids on Gifford’s home in December 2018 and January 2019 recovered more than 600 files of child pornography depicting prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct with adults.

U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna will preside in the case.

A sentencing hearing date has not been announced. 

CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; won inclusion in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting for his coverage of a white supremacist’s senseless murder of a beloved Vietnamese refugee; launched multi-year probes that resulted in the FBI arrests and convictions of the top three ranking members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; and gained praise from New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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