FBI killer David Lee Huber was subject of 'run of the mill' child porn case

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FBI killer David Lee Huber was subject of 'run of the mill' child porn case

The father-of-two who shot dead two FBI agents as they closed in on him in a dawn raid on his Florida apartment was the subject of a 'run of the mi

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The father-of-two who shot dead two FBI agents as they closed in on him in a dawn raid on his Florida apartment was the subject of a ‘run of the mill’ child pornography case that involved trading images of children engaged in sex acts.  

David Lee Huber, 55, shot dead Special Agent Daniel Alfin, 36, and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, 43, on Tuesday as they tried to execute a search warrant to seize his computer as part of their case. 

The FBI has not released any details about what Huber was being investigated for and the federal court-approved search warrant for the raid is still sealed.

Law enforcement sources, however, told the Miami Herald that it was a ‘run of the mill’ investigation. 

He was suspected of exchanging pornographic images of underage children engaging in sex acts. Huber was not believed to have manufacturing child porn, which is a more severe crime. 

The FBI is still examining the contents of Huber’s computer for evidence. In addition, agents are also now investigating how their routine raid ended in bloodshed.

David Lee Huber, 55, was suspected of exchanging pornographic images of underage children engaging in sex acts. A law enforcement source described it as a 'run of the mill' investigation

David Lee Huber, 55, was suspected of exchanging pornographic images of underage children engaging in sex acts. A law enforcement source described it as a ‘run of the mill’ investigation

Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger

Special Agent Daniel Alfin

Huber shot dead Special Agent Daniel Alfin, 36, and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, 43, on Tuesday as they tried to execute a search warrant to seize his computer as part of their case 

Huber, who ran computer consulting businesses, is believed to have used a doorbell camera to monitor the agents before opening fire on them through his closed door as they arrived to execute the search warrant early Tuesday. 

It is understood that Schwartzenberger was killed instantly but Alfin, who had been shot multiple times, returned fire before he died. 

Three other agents were also injured in the shooting. Two of the agents who had to be hospitalized were released Wednesday. The third agent was treated at the scene.

The divorcee, who was injured when agents returned fire, ended up killing himself after barricading himself inside the apartment for several hours.  

The FBI confirmed Huber’s identify on Wednesday. He was not listed as a sex offender and had no Florida prison record with only minor traffic violations on his rap sheet. 

Broward County records show he was married for 16 years before divorcing in 2016 and was the father of two children.   

Huber and his ex-wife had created some sort of parenting plan in the divorce for at least one of the children they shared, the records show. The ages of his children are not clear. 

Records show he owned and ran computer consulting businesses from 2008 until last year. Prior to Tuesday’s events, he had also worked as a temporary technology contractor for Florida Blue, an affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance firms, in 2020. He had also held a job at employment agency Modis. 

Huber, who ran computer consulting businesses, is believed to have used a doorbell camera to monitor the agents before opening fire on them through his closed door as they arrived to execute the search warrant early Tuesday

Huber, who ran computer consulting businesses, is believed to have used a doorbell camera to monitor the agents before opening fire on them through his closed door as they arrived to execute the search warrant early Tuesday 

The FBI has not released any details about what Huber was being investigated for and the federal court-approved search warrant for the raid is still sealed

The FBI has not released any details about what Huber was being investigated for and the federal court-approved search warrant for the raid is still sealed

The FBI has not released any details about what Huber was being investigated for and the federal court-approved search warrant for the raid is still sealed

The FBI has so far released very few details about the deadly shooting and a number of questions remain unanswered as to how a search warrant, which agents carry out regularly, went so awry.  

Former agents and law enforcement experts have since said that meticulous planning goes into serving warrants in a bid to prevent casualties so the FBI has a lot to answer for as the investigation continues. 

Much of what is known so far has come from FBI sources. It is not yet clear if the agency knew the suspect was heavily armed or if they underestimated his response to the raid. 

It also isn’t clear if agents announced themselves at the door or if they lost their element of surprise.  

The agents who were killed devoted their careers to capturing criminals who sexually abuse youngsters. 

Alfin, 36, and an agent for almost 13 years, made headlines seven years ago when he led a team that took down a Naples, Florida, man who was the lead administrator of Playpen, the world’s largest-known child pornography website. 

Steven Chase had created the website on Tor, an open network on the internet where users could communicate anonymously through ‘hidden service’ websites.

The shooting unfolded around 6am on Tuesday in the middle-class neighborhood of single family homes, duplexes and apartment buildings. A heavy law enforcement presence was spotted in the area in the hours after the shooting

The shooting unfolded around 6am on Tuesday in the middle-class neighborhood of single family homes, duplexes and apartment buildings. A heavy law enforcement presence was spotted in the area in the hours after the shooting

He is believed to have killed himself after barricading himself in the apartment. The FBI said they are not releasing the suspect's identity until his relatives are informed

He is believed to have killed himself after barricading himself in the apartment. The FBI said they are not releasing the suspect’s identity until his relatives are informed

Playpen had more than 150,000 users worldwide. Members uploaded and viewed tens of thousands of graphic images of young victims, categorized by age, sex and type of sexual activity involved. The FBI launched an investigation in 2014 after Playpen´s IP address was accidentally revealed.

After Chase´s arrest in 2015, the FBI kept the website operating for two weeks to identify other users, hiding malware in the images to discover their IP addresses. From that effort, investigators sent more than 1,000 leads to FBI field offices across the country and thousands more to overseas law enforcement agencies.

According to the FBI, 350 arrests were made in the U.S. and 548 internationally, including 25 producers of child pornography and 51 abusers. The operation identified or rescued 55 American children who were sexually abused and 296 internationally. Chase got 30 years.

‘It’s the same with any criminal violations: As they get smarter, we adapt; we find them,’ Alfin said at the time. The New York native added, ‘It´s a cat-and-mouse game, except it´s not a game. Kids are being abused, and it´s our job to stop that.’ He was married and had one child. 

Schwartzenberger, 43, and an agent for 15 years, was part of Rockway Middle School’s law studies magnet program, teaching children about the internet’s dangers, including sexual exploitation and cyberbullying.

In 2018, Schwartzenberger, a married mother of two, did a TV interview where she discussed computer ‘sexploitation,’ where hackers claim that they have used a person’s computer camera to video record them watching pornography or naked. They threaten to send the video to spouses, relatives and friends if the person doesn’t pay extortion. Sometimes, they have hacked into the victim’s computer and found sexually explicit images.

‘It is very traumatizing for the victim,’ Schwartzenberger told WPEC-TV. ‘Their reputation is on the line.’

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