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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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Michael Kelly, Director of Communications
Phone: (804)786-5874 
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~ Investigation was led by Hanover County Sheriff's Office and Attorney General Herring's office handled the prosecution and computer forensics ~

HANOVER(February 22, 2016)- Michael Carr Teegarden, age 52, of Hanover County, Virginia, was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment with 16 years suspended in Hanover County Circuit Court today for possession of child pornography. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after the defendant was sentenced by Hanover County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Kelly.


According to court records and evidence presented at the plea hearing, the case against the defendant began in September 2015 when an officer with the Hanover County Sheriff's Office, who was assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, downloaded several computer files containing child pornography from a computer located at Teegarden's residence.  Based on that information, the officer obtained a search warrant for Teegarden's residence, which was executed on October 8, 2015.  During the search, Teegarden admitted using the Internet to search for and download child pornography. He also admitted that child pornography would be found on his computers. Investigators seized several electronic devices from Teegarden's residence, which were examined by certified forensic examiners with the Attorney General Herring's Office. The forensic examination corroborated the Teegarden's admissions, revealing hundreds of images of child pornography on his electronic devices.


This case was investigated by the Hanover County Sheriff's Office as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant Attorney General Thomas K. Johnstone IV of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Hanover County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.


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