Ex-Qualcomm Employee Faces Federal Child Porn Charges

David Anthony Nemanich Accused Of Using Company's Network To Obtain Child Porn

A former Qualcomm software engineer accused of accessing child pornography via the company's network was advised of the charges against him Monday during his initial appearance in San Diego federal court.

 

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David Anthony Nemanich, who was arrested Friday morning at his San Diego home, is charged with receipt of images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Magistrate Judge Nita Stormes set the defendant's bail at $50,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for Aug. 9.

The FBI initiated an investigation earlier this year after receiving information from a security engineer at Qualcomm, who reported that a computer connected to Qualcomm's network contained child pornography, according to a statement of probable cause attached to the criminal complaint.

On Feb. 22, FBI agents served a search warrant on Nemanich's residence, seizing computers and external and internal hard drives. Subsequent forensic analysis of the digital media revealed thousands of images and videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to the complaint.

Nemanich, 42, allegedly admitted that he received and possessed the images of children engaged in sex acts. He stated it was his practice to obtain images during online sessions, then delete them after the online session ended, according to the complaint.

On Monday evening, a Qualcomm representative issued the following statement:

Qualcomm's IT Security team discovered, through its regular network monitoring processes, that an employee was downloading child pornography. The Company reported the activity to the FBI and the employee's employment was promptly terminated.