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Attorney General of Virginia

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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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AMELIA (February 4, 2016) - James Adkins, 64, of Amelia was sentenced today to 6 years imprisonment with 5 years suspended, for an active term of one year imprisonment, after he pled guilty to three counts of possession of child pornography in June 2015. Following his term of imprisonment, Adkins will be required to register as a sex offender in any U.S. jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school. 


Evidence presented in court by a prosecutor from Attorney General Herring's office showed that the defendant was identified through an undercover peer-to-peer investigation into the online sharing of child pornography conducted by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. The investigation traced Adkins to his home in Amelia County.  The Bedford and Amelia County Sheriff's offices subsequently obtained and executed a search warrant at Adkins' residence where they seized several computers and electronic devices. A forensic examination of those devices revealed that Adkins had saved approximately 100 images of child pornography on the equipment. In a consensual interview conducted at the scene of the search, Adkins admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography.


"This is a very strong sentence for a case of possession, and I appreciate the great work of investigators and prosecutors in my office, Amelia, Bedford, and the SOVA ICAC to bring this man to justice," said Attorney General Herring. "Possession of child pornography often leads to distribution and sharing, which just perpetuates a cycle of victimization for these children."


This case was investigated by officers with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the Amelia County Sheriff's Office as a part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant Attorney General Brittany Jones of Attorney General Herring's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Amelia County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.


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