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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Virginia Beach Man Convicted On Charges Of Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography

NORFOLK, Va. – Marcus Warrick, 29, of Virginia Beach, Va., was convicted today by a federal jury on six counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Scot R. Rittenberg, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Washington, made the announcement after the verdicts were accepted by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis.  Warrick faces five years minimum and 20 years maximum in prison for each count when he is sentenced on May 8, 2014.

Warrick was indicted on December 6, 2012 by a federal grand jury.  According to court records and evidence at trial,HSI executed a search warrant and seized his computer on November 8, 2013.   HSI found more than 400 videos and images of child pornography on his computer.  The investigation revealed that he installed ARES on his computer and, using search terms, actively sought out images of child pornography.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant United States Attorneys Randy Stoker and Elizabeth Yusi are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

Updated March 18, 2015