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Attorney General of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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RICHMOND (July 10, 2014) - Nathaniel Andrew Toth, age 25, of Chesterfield County,  pled guilty today to one count of distribution of child pornography and four counts of possession of child pornography. Toth was sentenced in Chesterfield County Circuit Court to 20 years in prison with 11 years suspended. The case was prosecuted by the Office of Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the sentence was imposed by Chesterfield County Circuit Court Judge Timothy J. Hauler.


"The defendant's distribution and possession of this heinous material contributes to the continued victimization of these children," said Attorney General Herring. "Those who engage in this kind of activity rarely do it once, which is why my office works so hard with our partners across the state to put these people behind bars. I applaud the great work of the investigating officers to protect children both here in Virginia and elsewhere." 


Evidence in court documents showed that an undercover law enforcement officer detected Toth distributing images of child pornography over peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Materials were downloaded directly from the defendant's computer and officers traced the material to his home in Chesterfield County. During a subsequent search, the defendant voluntarily admitted seeking out and downloading child pornography from the Internet.  A subsequent forensic examination of the defendant's computer seized during the search confirmed the presence of child pornography depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, corroborating his admissions.


This case was investigated by officers with the Amelia County Sheriff's Office as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant Attorney General Tommy Johnstone of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Chesterfield County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.


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