Retired Air Force general and former Wolf appointee charged with child pornography possession in Cumberland County

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is charging retired general Frank Sullivan with more than a dozen felony counts after investigators searched his Mechanicsburg home.

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A retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General from Cumberland County is being charged with allegedly possessing child pornography.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is charging the retired general, Frank Sullivan, with more than a dozen felony counts after a search of his Mechanicsburg home allegedly turned up thousands of internet searches for children and images of children “engaged in very graphic sexual acts” on home computers.

Sullivan served on Governor Tom Wolf’s transition team to help with planning for military and veterans’ affairs and was appointed by the governor in 2016 to serve as executive director of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission. Sullivan is a decorated veteran with tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“General Sullivan’s alleged actions disgrace his work and besmirch the Pennsylvania National Guard, an organization that has bravely and dutifully come to the aid of Pennsylvanians whenever they have been called,” Shapiro said. “I’ve said it time and time again—nobody is above the law. My Office will investigate and prosecute anyone who harms Pennsylvanians, no matter what positions of power they may hold.”


Retired U.S. Air Force General Frank Sullivan, in an undated photo provided by the state Attorney General’s office Nov. 6, 2019.

Shapiro’s office learned of Sullivan’s alleged internet activity while investigating a file sharing network, it said in a news release.

In a related investigation, the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit arrested one of Sullivan’s tenants, Bobby Glenn Williams Jr., in October.

Williams, who was renting a room in Sullivan’s home, was charged with 26 felony counts related to alleged child pornography.

Sullivan was arrested and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Kathryn Silcox.

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