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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219



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Office: (804)786-0147 
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JURY RECOMMENDS 37 YEAR SENTENCE FOR COLONIAL HEIGHTS MAN CONVICTED OF DISTRIBUTION/POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

~ Attorney General's team conducted forensic investigation and prosecuted case ~

 

RICHMOND(June 17, 2015) - A Colonial Heights jury has found Douglas M. Wright, age 45, guilty of four felony counts of distribution of child pornography and nine felony counts of possession of child pornography, and has recommended a sentence of 37 years in prison.  The verdict comes following a two-day jury trial in Colonial Heights Circuit Court.  Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after a successful prosecution by Assistant Attorney General Stacey Rohrs, with cooperation from the Colonial Heights Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.  Circuit Court Judge Edward A. Robbins, Jr. will formally sentence the defendant on September 29, 2015.

 

"I am pleased with the verdict handed down in the case and the strong message the jury has sent with their sentencing recommendation," said Attorney General Herring. "The defendant's distribution and possession of child pornography perpetuated the demand for this heinous material and contributed to the continued sexual abuse of children.  I want to thank the officers, prosecutors, and computer forensic examiners involved for their diligent pursuit of justice in this case."

 

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 peer-to-peer networks on the Internet.  The officer came into contact with an individual who was making numerous images depicting child pornography available for sharing on the Internet.  The officer was able to download four files on two separate occasions containing child pornography directly from the individual's computer.  Based on this information, the Colonial Heights Police Department obtained a search warrant for the defendant's residence.  Forensic examination of the defendant's computer revealed that the defendant had saved and distributed 108 videos of child pornography.  The child pornography depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct including sadomasochistic conduct.

 

This case was investigated by officers with the Hanover County Sheriff's Office, and the Colonial Heights Police Department, as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The Computer Forensic Unit in Attorney General Herring's Computer Crime Section conducted the computer forensic examinations in support of the case.

 

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the Attorney General of Virginia at www.ag.virginia.gov.

 

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