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Attorney General of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Contact: Emily Bolton
Office: (804)786-0147 
Cell: (804)839-9024 
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RICHMOND (April 9, 2015) - Richard Moore, age 46 of Richmond, pled guilty today to five counts of possession of child pornography, Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced.  Moore was sentenced by Richmond City Circuit Court Judge Beverly W. Snukals to a 15-year prison term with three years of active incarceration and 12 years suspended.  In addition to his prison sentence, Moore will be required to complete an indefinite period of supervised probation upon release, register on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry, pay restitution, and forfeit all the computer equipment he used in the commission of his crimes. Virginia Assistant Attorneys General Stacey Rohrs and Brittany Jones of the Office of Attorney General Herring prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Richmond City Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, following an investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.


"Seeking justice against those who abuse and exploit our children is one of my top priorities as Attorney General," Herring remarked.  "We will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners across Virginia to protect the most vulnerable of our society.  I am pleased with the sentence in this case and want to commend all the law enforcement officers involved in this investigation."


Moore was identified through an undercover investigation into the trading of child pornography over the Internet.  In late 2012, an undercover officer with the Richmond Police Department downloaded several child pornographic images directly from Moore's computer, located within his residence.  Agents with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC) Task Force subsequently executed a search warrant at Moore's residence in March 2013.  Officers seized numerous pieces of computer equipment, and a subsequent forensic examination confirmed that the defendant had downloaded and saved approximately 200 images and videos of pre- and post-pubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Further, in an interview conducted during the search, Moore voluntarily admitted seeking out and downloading child pornography from the Internet.



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