Steve Sandoval
LANL employee arrested after federal agent finds possible child porn on lab computer

A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was arrested Feb. 14 after a federal agent found possible inappropriate materials and possible child pornography on a lab computer.

Steve J. Sandoval, 54, was arrested by local police following a federal investigation that started in April 2018. Sandoval was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center at 8:36 p.m. Feb. 14 and later released.

Federal agents searched Sandoval’s personal computer and catalogued several images and videos of suspected child pornography, according to his arrest report. Sandoval voluntarily allowed federal agents to search his personal computers, according to the report.

Los Alamos police were notified in September 2018 of possible crimes by a special agent with the Department of Energy’s Technology Crimes Section in the Office of the Inspector General.

The federal agent told police that Sandoval was interviewed April 11, 2018, for having “inappropriate” materials and “possible” child pornography on his work computer.

From personal computers and digital storage devices taken from Sandoval’s home in the course of the investigation, federal agents reportedly catalogued 68 images and videos of suspected child pornography, according to the arrest report.