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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 (October 23, 2019) – John Wayne Bruce, Jr., 49, of Loudoun County was sentenced to 15 years, 10 months’ imprisonment in Loudoun County Circuit Court following his guilty plea to three counts of reproduction and ten counts of possession of child pornography. In addition to his prison sentence, the defendant will be required to pay $1,300 in 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 Benjamin N.A. Kendrick.


“With this strong sentence another dangerous predator is off our streets and out of our community,” said Attorney General Herring. “A 15 year sentence sends an important message that Virginia will not tolerate disgusting crimes like these. Individuals who exploit children and rob them of their innocence by producing and possessing child pornography will be brought to justice. I want to thank my team and the our local law enforcement partners who worked hard on this case.”


Evidence presented in court showed that investigators with the Northern Virginia – D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force initially detected Bruce in 2017 trading child pornography over a peer-to-peer network online. Officers subsequently executed a search warrant on Bruce’s Loudoun County residence seeking evidence related to the possession and distribution of child pornography. Officers seized his computer and various digital storage devices, and a subsequent forensic examination of the material revealed that Bruce had saved hundreds of video and image files of child pornography onto two separate hard drives. 


The child pornography found in Bruce’s possession featured children as young as toddlers, many of whom 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 Virginia State Police, as part of the Northern Virginia – D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. 


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