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Monday, July 28, 2014

FBI Agent Who Works on Child Porn Task Force Charged with Choking 13-Year-Old Boy

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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An FBI agent who works with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force against child porn is charged with choking a thirteen-year-old boy unconscious.

Special agent Scott Armstrong, 37, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault charges during an arraignment in June and will appear in court on July 29.

According to the Callaway County police department, the incident occurred at Armstrong's residence at around midnight on March 1. In a probable cause statement, the thirteen-year-old claims Armstrong strangled him with a chokehold until "temporarily losing consciousness."

The boy's parents later took photos of their son's neck, which had signs of being choked, including redness and fabric patterns.

In the probable-cause statement, Armstrong admitted to "placing his arm around" the boy's neck until the teen passed out.

The report does not explain why the boy was at Armstrong's residence. It does say that Armstrong's wife was there at the time, as well.

Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson explains that the charges are only a misdemeanor because Armstrong apparently did not intend to choke a child.

"Abuse of a child includes knowingly causing physical injury to a child, and Mr. Anderson is charged with recklessly causing physical injury," Wilson tells the Fulton Sun.

The incident has created a bit of a stir in the Boone County Sheriff's Department. Armstrong is officially an FBI employee in the Jefferson City division, but he works part-time on the Boone County task force combating child porn. And after the incident occurred, the FBI didn't inform Armstrong's superiors in Boone County.

"The FBI never did contact me," Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey tells the Columbia Tribune. "I wasn't happy about that."

In addition to the choking incident, Armstrong is the subject of an internal affairs investigation at the FBI.

The special agent has been put on leave by the Boone County Sheriff's Department until at least both the choking incident and the internal affairs investigation have concluded.

"I'll make my determination about whether he will be allowed back on the task force," Carey tells the Tribune.

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