Raymond Joseph Liddy. Image from CBSLA broadcast

Raymond Joseph Liddy — a deputy attorney general, former reserve Marine colonel and the son of Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy — is facing a child pornography charge in federal court.

The 53-year-old Liddy pleaded not guilty to the charge in U.S. District Court in San Diego after he was arrested Tuesday at his Coronado home, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The newspaper said Liddy was released after posting a $100,000 bond during an arraignment Tuesday, but he’ll be confined to his home and fitted with a GPS tracking device.

Liddy is the son of G. Gordon Liddy, a lawyer and FBI agent who was convicted of burglary, conspiracy and other charges in the Watergate scandal. The elder Liddy — the chief operative in President Richard Nixon’s White House Plumbers unit that organized and directed the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building — served more than four years in federal prison for those crimes, which also included refusing to testify to the Senate committee investigating the Watergate scandal.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office said in a statement Wednesday that it was aware of the charges against Raymond Liddy and that he was placed on administrative leave.

According to the Union-Tribune and CBS8, which cited a criminal complaint filed in federal court, investigators serving a search warrant at Liddy’s home Tuesday found a computer and thumbdrive containing images showing children engaged in sexual acts. One image showed a naked prepubescent girl blindfolded with her hands bound together.

An investigation into Liddy began in January after an internet service provider sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user had uploaded an image that appeared to be child pornography, the Union-Tribune reported.

The organization received a similar tip in February from another internet provider, with the second report showing 10 images of child pornography were uploaded in a messaging program.

After the those tips were forwarded to the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children task force, investigators tracked the activity to Liddy’s home in Coronado. In an interview with FBI agents at his home Tuesday, Liddy admitted using internet services and screen names associated with the service providers who passed along the tips, the newspaper reported.

Liddy also told the FBI investigators he used the screen name and other fake online personas to share sexual fantasies online, saying he often downloaded sexual images but quickly deleted them, the Union-Tribune reported. He told the agents most of the images were of adults, but it was possible some may have been of children.

Liddy’s attorney, Knut Johnson, told CBS8 that “just the mere fact of charges like this are a tragedy for everyone involved.”

“This is the very beginning of the case and then we will get to the end and figure out what it is all about,” Johnson told the station.

According to his LinkedIn page, which features a photograph of him wearing the dress blues of the Marine Corps, Liddy earned his bachelor’s degree from New York’s Fordham University, a law degree from the same university’s school of law and a master’s degree from the United State Army War College in Pennsylvania.

CBS8 reported Liddy is due back in court for a hearing in the case Aug. 8.

—City News Service