A Department of Defense official faces up to 5 years in prison in dogfighting case

A senior Department of Defense official, Frederick Moorefield Jr., and another man, Mario Flythe, are charged with promoting dogfighting and could face up to five years in prison each.

Charges and evidence: Both men were charged last month with “promoting and furthering” dogfighting.
* They allegedly used an encrypted messaging app to discuss dogfighting bets, the deaths of dogs due to dogfighting and media reports about people charged with dogfighting.
* Evidence found during a search of their homes included 12 dogs, dog-training schedules, veterinary steroids, a carpet stained with what appeared to be blood, and a weighted dog vest.

Role aliases: They allegedly used the aliases “Geehad Kennels” and “Razor Sharp Kennels,” respectively, for their dogfighting operations.
* A contraption allegedly used to kill dogs that lose fights was found at their homes.

Professional fallout: The Defense Department confirmed that Moorefield, a deputy chief information officer, is no longer in the workplace.
* Moorefield was responsible for issuing guidance for Defense Department policy and technical issues, among other duties.
* His name does not appear on the agency’s current website.

Legal proceedings: Both men remain in custody pending a trial.
* A lawyer for Moorefield was not immediately available for comment.

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