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Chesapeake Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography and Firearms Charges

March 15, 2010

NORFOLK, Va., - Neal Assad Sabra, 45, of Chesapeake, Va., pled guilty today in Norfolk federal court to two counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Sabra entered his plea before United States Magistrate Judge F. Bradford Stillman.  Sabra will be sentenced on June 18, 2010 by United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, and faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine on each child pornography count, and a maximum of 10 years imprisonment on the gun count.  

According to court documents, Sabra communicated via e-mail with an undercover officer located in New York and sent that officer numerous images of child pornography.  On January 21, 2010, ICE agents executed search warrants at Sabra’s home and place of employment, and seized numerous computers and other electronic media.  During the execution of the search warrant, forensic analysts previewed a thumb drive located on Sabra’s key chain and found four saved videos of child pornography.  A subsequent forensic analysis of all electronic media seized that day revealed that Sabra possessed over 300 images of child pornography and over 50 videos of child pornography. 

The Department of Homeland Security—Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated this case and was assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.   Assistant United States Attorney Melissa E. O’Boyle is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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