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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 1:34 pm

A Baker Hughes security officer impeded federal officials during a child pornography investigation by providing false information on the whereabouts of an employee so he could save the company “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” according to a federal criminal complaint.

The target of the investigation, 37-year-old Abram Hensley, was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of advertising and possession of child pornography.

According to the complaint, Homeland Security Investigations agents received information on Jan. 24 that Hensley was making child pornography available on a peer-to-peer network.

Because of that investigation, according to the complaint, Texas Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Investigations and FBI agents searched Hensley’s house at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday in Crane and seized five computers.

During the search, agents found out that Hensley worked for Baker Hughes and was already at work, according to the complaint. Agents contacted security operations personnel staffer Dean Graves with Baker Hughes at about 10 a.m. Wednesday to find out where Hensley was.

Baker Hughes is an oilfield services company with more than 59,000 employees.

Graves said he would try to figure out where Hensley was and get back to the agents, according to the complaint. The agents told Graves that Hensley would be charged with advertising and possession of child pornography, and also that Hensley probably had another laptop and external hard drive with him that could contain evidence of child pornography.

At about 10:30 a.m., according to the complaint, Graves said Hensley would be in Andrews in the afternoon, at which point the agents drove to Andrews to meet Hensley there.

Agents attempted calling Graves back, but didn’t hear from him for several hours until about 2:30 p.m., according to the complaint.

Graves then told agents that Hensley was working on a spool truck, according to the complaint. Graves said he “would prefer if the agents waited a few hours” until Hensley was done with his job in the field.

“Mr. Graves explained that if the agents arrested Hensley on site, Baker Hughes would lose ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ because the job would go unfinished,” according to the complaint. “After the agents emphasized the urgency of locating Hensley due to the potential destruction of evidence, Mr. Graves persisted in refusing to help locate Hensley, and repeatedly stated that he (Mr. Graves) was a former police officer.”

The regional security director for Baker Hughes eventually helped locate Hensley at about 5 p.m., and he was arrested somewhere between Pecos and Crane, according to the complaint. The complaint noted that the Hensley’s vehicle was not on a path that would take him to or from Andrews.

 “Furthermore, because of the approximately seven-hour delay in locating Hensley, law enforcement was unable to secure the portable hard drive that was believed to be in Hensley’s possession,” according to the complaint.

However, on the computers authorities were able to search, they saw pictures and videos of children younger than 12 years old performing sexual acts with each other and with adults.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Austin Berry is prosecuting the case.

In an email, a Baker Hughes spokeswoman said the company cannot comment on the investigation.

“However, Bakes Hughes [sic] takes seriously its commitment to cooperate with law enforcement officials in investigations of alleged criminal activity,” the email stated. “To our knowledge, no criminal complaint has been filed against Baker Hughes.”

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