I-TEAM: Ex-DOJ staffer kept child porn & brought loaded gun to work

Former IT worker at federal courthouse in Jacksonville faces 20 years in prison

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former federal employee who worked for the Department of Justice in Jacksonville is set to be sentenced for possession of child pornography.

Robert Darenberg, 34, was employed up until recently as an information technology specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office at the federal courthouse in downtown Jacksonville.

Darenberg, a 15-year employee of the agency, was indicted after federal agents found approximately 1630 images of child pornography, 270 of those were videos.

Homeland Security Investigations agents noted they found the content on Robert Darenberg’s personal laptop computer. 

The News4Jax I-TEAM obtained the documents Tuesday. The complaint, indictment and plea deal were publicly visible in federal court records but never announced until the I-TEAM found them.

The investigation started in November 2018 when investigators said Darenberg’s girlfriend “discovered file names…that were indicative of child pornography.” She took screenshots to document what she found but later noticed “Darenberg had deleted the screenshots from her phone.”

Documents show one of the files included sex acts by an adult male on an 8-year-old girl. 

The girlfriend, identified as T.P., notified the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which passed the case to federal agents. After conducting surveillance, HSI arrested Darenberg outside the federal courthouse as he was leaving work. They found he had a concealed, loaded pistol on him. Surveillance video from the courthouse showed he had it inside the courthouse without checking it in, which is a crime.


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