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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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~ Sentence follows successful prosecution and forensic investigation by AG Herring's team and law enforcement partners ~

HOPEWELL (December 14, 2017) - Christopher Scott Ellis, 33, of the City of Hopewell, was sentenced yesterday to 7 years and 6 months of active imprisonment, with an additional 137 years and 6 months suspended, after pleading guilty to 15 counts of possession of child pornography.  Upon his release, Ellis will be placed on supervised release, prohibited from using the Internet or having contact with minors, and will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives or works.  Attorney General Mark R. Herring, whose team successfully prosecuted the case, made the announcement after Ellis was sentenced by Hopewell City Circuit Court Judge W. Allen Sharrett.


"This is another strong sentence that will take a dangerous predator out of the community and put him behind bars," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "Nothing is more important than the health and security of our children, and my team and I will continue our tireless efforts to fight the scourge of child pornography, put these criminals behind bars, and ensure the safety of all Virginia children."


Evidence presented in court showed that Ellis was identified by law enforcement after sharing files of child pornography with undercover investigators from the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force over a peer-to-peer file-sharing network in late 2014 through the summer of 2015. Ellis was identified through Internet service records, which led investigators to his residence in the City of Hopewell.  In July 2015, task force officers executed a search on Ellis' residence and seized a number of computers from the home.  Forensic examination of these devices revealed several thousand images and videos of child pornography, as well as file-sharing software, saved within the computers' active space.  Many of these files featured infants and toddlers being sexually abused, as well as sadomasochistic and bestiality scenes involving children.  Some of the victims 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 Hopewell City Police Department, the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.  Assistant Attorney General Stacey Rohrs of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with assistance from the Hopewell City Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.