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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

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Richmond, Virginia 23219


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RICHMOND (February 27, 2015) - Manaf Badr Zagabh, age 21, of Richmond, pled guilty today in Richmond Circuit Court to two counts of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 6 years' imprisonment, with 2 years of active incarceration and 4 years suspended.  The case was successfully prosecuted by Attorney General Mark R. Herring's computer crimes team, and the defendant was sentenced by Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant. 


Evidence in court documents showed that the defendant possessed 25 child pornography videos on his tablet and cell phone. The videos depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Zagabh was initially identified through an undercover investigation into the trading of child pornography over peer-to-peer networks. The defendant made numerous images depicting child pornography available to the public over the Internet.  In August 2014, an undercover officer downloaded eight files containing child pornography directly from Zagabh's computer.  Based on this information, officers executed a search warrant at the defendant's Richmond residence.  During the search, the defendant voluntarily admitted seeking out and downloading child pornography from the Internet.  


"Unfortunately child pornography remains far too accessible online, and sick individuals continue to exploit and abuse those who are most vulnerable," said Attorney General Herring. "Participation in this vile market contributes to the continued victimization of these children. I am pleased with the sentence in this case, and my office will continue to seek justice against those who harm children. I want to extend my thanks to all the agencies that participated in this investigation and prosecution, and all those working tirelessly in Virginia and around the country to protect our children."  


This case was investigated by officers with the Richmond Police Department and the Louisa County Sheriff's Office as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant Attorney General Tommy Johnstone of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.


In 2014, Attorney General Herring's office assisted in the investigation of 120 cases involving child pornography. The Attorney General's Office also handled 81 prosecutions, with 27 defendants receiving sentences totaling 193 years and 6 months of active incarceration, in addition to one life sentence, and the remainder of the cases still pending. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, cases prosecuted across the country for possession, distribution, receipt, and transportation of child pornography increased from 624 cases in 2004 to more than 2,000 cases in 2012. 


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