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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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**Crump Mug Shot**

HANOVER MAN SENTENCED TO 4.5 YEARS FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

~ James L. Crump, Sr. sentenced to 4.5 years active imprisonment, 40.5 years suspended, indefinite supervision upon release, and registration as a sex offender ~

RICHMOND (April 21, 2017) -  James L. Crump, Sr., 45, of Hanover County pled guilty today to five counts of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months of active imprisonment, with an additional 40 years and 6 months suspended.  Upon his release, Crump will be placed on supervised release indefinitely and will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives or works. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after Crump was sentenced by Hanover County Circuit Court Judge J. Overton Harris.

 

"This case is such a stark reminder that child exploitation can leave scars that last a lifetime, and images that live forever in the darker corners of the internet," said Attorney General Herring. "I appreciate the good work by the investigators and prosecutors in this case from Hanover and from my office who have put this man behind bars where he belongs."

 

Evidence presented in court documents showed that Crump was identified by law enforcement after sharing files of child pornography over a peer-to-peer file sharing network with undercover investigators from the Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Investigators were able to identify Crump through Internet service records. Based on this information, investigators obtained and executed a search warrant on Crump's Hanover County residence, where they seized several computers and electronic storage media. Attorney General Herring's Computer Forensic Unit examined the devices and found them to contain both child pornography and peer-to-peer file-sharing software.

 

The thousands of child pornography images recovered depict young children being sexually abused, some of whom have been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as abuse victims in prior law enforcement investigations.

 

This case was investigated by the Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with investigative support provided by the Office of the Attorney General's Computer Forensic Unit.  Assistant Attorney General Stacey Rohrs of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Hanover County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

 

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