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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


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Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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~ Franklin Spain also possessed self-produced videos performing sex acts with a dog ~

RICHMOND (July 20, 2018) –Franklin Spain, Jr., 45, of Chesterfield County has been sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in a Virginia correctional facility with an additional 40 years and 6 months suspended after being found guilty on five counts of possession of child pornography. Additionally, Spain possessed self-produced videos of him performing sex acts with a dog. Attorney General Mark R. Herring, whose team successfully prosecuted the case, announced the result after the plea was accepted by Circuit Court Judge David E. Johnson. 


“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our children, and 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. “My office and I will continue to seek justice against those who participate in this vile market and harm children. I’d like to extend my thanks to the prosecutors from my office and investigators who work tirelessly to stop child predators across Virginia.”


Evidence presented in court showed that Spain sent several images of child pornography, as well as self-produced videos of Spain performing sex acts with a dog, to an undercover law enforcement agent via social media. Spain further attempted to meet an undercover agent for what he believed was a rendezvous to engage in sexual activities with a 12 year-old minor. Spain was identified through records associated with his various social media accounts. Forensic analysis of Spain’s cellphone conducted by examiners with the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit revealed that he had saved several dozen images of child pornography into the phone’s photo albums. As part of the plea, Spain will have to register as a sex offender following imprisonment and will be prevented from owning or possessing any companion animals for ten years.


This case was investigated by the Chesterfield County Police Department, the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Computer Forensics Unit of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, 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 Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.