Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, was disbarred today by the D.C. Court of Appeals.
On July 1, 2007, Rust-Tierney, 52, pleaded guilty to charges of receiving child pornography.
According to a Department of Justice news release, Rust-Tierney used his home computer to access child pornography Web sites on at least five occasions between March 2005 and October 2006. During a two-week span in January 2006, Rust-Tierney accessed more than 850 digital images and video files of child pornography. Many of these files showed children under the age of 12 being forced to engage in sexual acts with adult males, according to prosecutors.
Rust-Tierney was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Sept. 7, 2007.
Today’s decision notes that Rust-Tierney consented to disbarment, which means the details of the ethical violations filed against him by the Board on Professional Responsibility remain sealed.