FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution
and Possession of Child Pornography
WASHINGTON - John Patrick Swain, 45, of Sterling, Va., pled guilty today to federal charges of distribution and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Swain entered the guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Honorable James E. Boasberg is to sentence him on Dec. 14, 2012. Swain faces a maximum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment for distribution and 10 years of imprisonment for possession of child pornography, as well as a fine of $250,000 on each count.
According to the government's evidence, on June 27, 2012, Swain contacted a man he believed to be the father of a 12-year-old girl, using a social network site. That man turned out to be an undercover officer with the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force. Over the next few days, Swain engaged in online conversations with the undercover officer. During this period, Swain sent the undercover officer 13 images of child pornography, including videos of adult men engaged in sexual acts with children.
Upon execution of a search warrant on the defendant’s residence in Sterling, members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force recovered a desktop computer as well as various external storage devices containing numerous videos and images of child pornography.
This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD. Project Safe Childhood is 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov
In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director McJunkin and Chief Lanier praised the MPD Detectives and Special Agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. They also commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari Redbord, who is prosecuting the case.