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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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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

~ Jay Richard Brown had previous federal conviction for child pornography ~

RICHMOND (June 4, 2018) -Jay Richard Brown, 71, of Hanover County, has been sentenced to ten years in a Virginia correctional facility for possession of child pornography, with an additional 90 years suspended, after having previously been found guilty of ten counts of possession of child pornography. Attorney General Mark R. Herring, whose team successfully prosecuted the case, announced the result after the defendant was sentenced by Hanover County Circuit Court Judge J. Overton Harris.

 

"The safety and security of our children is of the utmost importance, and my team and I will continue to fight the scourge of child pornography every single day," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "This is yet another strong sentence that will take a dangerous predator out of our community. I am proud of the work done by my team of prosecutors and investigators and our local law enforcement partners to help keep children across the Commonwealth safe."

 

Evidence presented in court showed that Brown, a registered sex offender with a previous federal conviction for possession of child pornography, was identified by law enforcement after distributing several images of child pornography to undercover investigators with the Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force over a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. Investigators were able to identify Brown's Hanover County residence as the source of the images through Internet Protocol records. Investigators then obtained and executed a search warrant on Brown's residence and seized his computers and other electronic storage devices. A subsequent forensic examination revealed dozens of images of child pornography saved in the active, accessible space of at least two devices.

 

This case was investigated by the Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Office of the Attorney General's Computer Forensic Unit conducted the forensics for this case. Assistant Attorney General Stacey Rohrs of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with assistance from the Hanover County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

 

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