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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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RICHMOND (January 8, 2019) –Welton Terry, Sr., 44, of Chesterfield County was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in Chesterfield County Circuit Court following his conviction by a jury in August on three counts of distribution of child pornography and ten counts of possession of child pornography. In addition to his prison sentence, the defendant will be required to pay $37,500 in fines and restitution as well as register as a sex offender. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after the defendant was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Edward A. Robbins, Jr.


“A 20 year prison sentence sends a strong message to those who rob children of their innocence through sexual solicitation, distribution, and ownership of child pornography that they will be held accountable for their disgusting actions,” said Attorney General Herring. “Thanks to the collaboration between my team and local law enforcement agencies another dangerous predator is off the streets and out of our community. My office will continue to work tirelessly to seek justice against those who would take advantage of and harm children.”


Evidence presented in court showed that the defendant was identified through an undercover law enforcement investigation into the trading of child pornography over a peer-to-peer network on the internet. An officer detected the defendant sharing hundreds of files depicting child pornography and subsequently downloaded approximately 50 files containing child pornography directly from the defendant’s computer. Based on this information, the Chesterfield Police Department obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s residence, where he was confirmed as the perpetrator. 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.


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