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Northern Virginia Man Sentenced to 96 Months in Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2010

(Alexandria, Va) - James B. Clawson, Sr., age 47, of Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for distributing child pornography.  United States Attorney Neil H. MacBride made the announcement following Clawson’s sentencing before United States District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. 

            Upon his release from incarceration, Clawson will remain under Court supervision for a term of 15 years.  Clawson also will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives or works.  

Clawson pled guilty to a single count of distribution of child pornography on October 16, 2009.

According to court documents, Clawson, a home contractor, had been discovered during an investigation of “Phacue’s House,” which was an online Internet bulletin board dedicated to child erotica and child pornography.  Clawson was one of the administrators of the site, which allowed its members access to discuss and post images of children, some of which were child pornography. 

Clawson had provided Antonio M. Sanchez, another member of the “Phacue’s House” site, who lived in Arlington, Virginia, with a hard drive containing more than 25,000 images and videos of child erotica and child pornography.  Sanchez, who previously pled guilty to possession of child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis, III, is currently serving a five year sentence in federal prison.

            The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jay V. Prabhu and Elizabeth M. Yusi.  Ms. Yusi had previously been a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in Washington, D.C.

 

 

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