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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dr Adam Cobb arrested on child porn charges

Adam Cobb


Dr Adam Cobb had a distinguished career and the world at his feet.  He took up the position last year of professor and director of the 130 year old US Naval War College in Rhode Island.

Educated at the University of Sydney, Australian National University and University of Cambridge, Cobb built a reputation as a leading military thinker.

He has been arrested in America for uploading child pornography to Tumblr and is currently discussing a plea deal with prosecutors. Considered to be a flight risk, his bail application was rejected.

In January, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children discovered Cobb's internet connection at his Portsmouth home was the origin of unspeakable images of children being raped and his laptops, mobiles and videos were seized.

Cobb worked on the 1999/2000 East Timor crisis with Major General Cosgrove who gave him a glowing reference.

In Australia he was special director, strategic policy with the RAAF, senior defense advisor for the Australian Parliament, an Australian Parliamentary Fellow and Research Fellow at Australian National University's strategic and defence studies centre.  He has also worked at the Australian Embassy in Washington and was on the staff of former speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.


Christopher Wheeler



Last Friday, another prominent figure, the former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school, Christopher Wheeler was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the same offence - possessing child pornography.

When a judge denied his wish to suppress evidence, he waived his right to a trial by jury and rejected a plea bargain which could have resulted in him receiving just four years.

This case must be foremost in Cobb's mind, a reminder that rejecting a plea bargain can result in a lifetime behind bars.

These two men managed to climb to the top of their career hiding a dark secret but now their families, colleagues and friends finally understand who they really are.