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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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~ Brian Lee McAlexander pled guilty following prosecution and computer forensic investigation by OAG, working in conjunction with SOVA ICAC ~

BEDFORD(August 23, 2016) - Former Town of Bedford police officer Brian Lee McAlexander, age 55, of Bedford, Virginia, was sentenced to a five year term of imprisonment today after he pled guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography in Bedford County Circuit Court. Judge James W. Updike, Jr. sentenced the defendant.  Attorney General Mark R. Herring, whose office handled the prosecution of McAlexander, made the announcement after the sentencing hearing.

"It doesn't matter who you are or what you do for a living, if you're trading in this kind of illegal and horrible material we will find you and you will go to jail," said Attorney General Herring. "These crimes can stay with a child for a lifetime, which is why we've strengthened our partnerships with local law enforcement and redoubled our efforts to identify and prosecute those who engage in this horrific conduct. I appreciate the hard work of the Bedford County and Franklin County sheriffs on this case, and all the agencies working together in the SOVA ICAC to fight child exploitation."

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 detected an individual making numerous images depicting child pornography available for other people on the Internet to download. Based on this information, officers with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force executed a search warrant at McAlexander's residence in Bedford, during which they seized computer equipment.

A subsequent forensic examination of McAlexander's computer revealed that he had saved and distributed six videos and images of child pornography. The child pornography depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  McAlexander was an officer with the Town of Bedford Police Department when he committed the crimes.

This case was investigated by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office as part of the Southern Virginia ICAC Task Force. Attorney General Herring's Computer Forensic Unit conducted the computer forensic examinations for the investigation. Senior Assistant Attorney General Gene Fishel of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.


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