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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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~ Welton Terry found guilty of 3 counts of distribution and 10 counts of possession of child pornography; jury recommended sentence of 20 years ~

RICHMOND (August 8, 2018) – A Chesterfield County jury has found Welton Thomas Terry, Sr., 43, guilty of three counts of distribution and ten counts of possession of child pornography and has recommended a sentence of 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of $5,000. The verdict comes following a two-day jury trial in Chesterfield County Circuit Court. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after Circuit Court Judge Edward A. Robbins, Jr. accepted the verdict. Terry will formally be sentenced on November 1, 2018.


“The defendant’s distribution and possession of child pornography perpetuated the demand for this heinous material and contributed to the continued victimization of children,” said Attorney General Mark Herring. “This is another strong sentence that takes a dangerous predator out of the community. I want to thank the officers, prosecutors, and computer forensic examiners involved for working to bring this criminal to justice.:


Evidence presented in court showed that the defendant was identified through an undercover investigation by a law enforcement officer into the trading of child pornography over a peer-to-peer network on the internet. The officer came into contact with an individual who was making hundreds of files depicting child pornography available for sharing. The officer was able to download almost 50 files containing child pornography directly from the individual’s computer. Based on this information, the Chesterfield Police Department obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s residence. Forensic examination of the defendant’s computer revealed 27 videos of child pornography depicting prepubescent female children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Also recovered were a data wiping program near the computer, an external hard drive containing remnants of file names synonymous with child pornography, and a notebook written by the defendant containing passages that referred to downloading, viewing, and purging child pornography.


The case was investigated by the Chesterfield Police Department and Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Computer Analysis Response Team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted computer forensic examinations in support of this case. Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong, with cooperation from the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.