OLYMPIA OB-GYN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Doctor Tracked by Law Enforcement After Exchanging Child Pornography with Atlanta Man
GEORGE ELLIOTT KABACY, M.D., 68, of Lacey, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to Possession of Child Pornography. KABACY, a gynecologist in Olympia, was actively practicing at the time of his arrest in December, 2006. As a condition of his release pending trial, he was not allowed to see patients. KABACY is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess on February 15, 2008.
According to the plea agreement, KABACY admits that he knowingly possessed more than 8,000 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. KABACY also admits to possessing videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, both on his computer and on 36 compact disks. Some of the images depict children under the age of 12. In his plea agreement KABACY admits that he communicated with other people over the internet, expressing his interest in having sex with minors and exchanging more than 40 images of child pornography with these other people over the internet. KABACY first came to the attention of the FBI after the arrest of an Atlanta, Georgia man who indicated he had communicated with KABACY. In fact, the man alleged that KABACY had sent him a computer in exchange for the man’s promise that he would send KABACY pornographic pictures of his grandchildren. The Atlanta man claimed he had never sent those pictures.
On December 19, 2006, FBI agents searched KABACY’s Lacey home and arrested him. KABACY was detained until December 21, 2006, when he was released on electric home monitoring and ordered to immediately cease practicing as a physician.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Judge Burgess must sentence KABACY to between five and ten years in prison, and ten years of supervised release. KABACY must also register as a sex offender when released.
The case was investigated by the FBI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.