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Virginia Beach Man Sentenced 6 1/2 Years for Child Pornography Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. –David Boyd, age 46, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to six and one-half years in prison for attempted receipt of child pornography.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington, D.C., made the announcement after Boyd was sentenced by United States District Judge Jerome B. Friedman.  The Court also sentenced Boyd to 25 years of supervised release.  Boyd previously pled guilty to the charge on March 26, 2010.

According to court documents, in September 2008 agents from ICE determined that Boyd had sent money via Western Union money order to an individual associated with CP Company, a Russian-based business that advertises the sale of child pornography on the internet.  Interested customers were sent emails with directions on how to place an order via Western Union and to whom the payment should be sent.  In August 2008, Boyd attempted to purchase a DVD containing child pornography by wiring $350 to CP Company.

            Records obtained from Western Union and subpoenaed emails identified Boyd.  On
April 3, 2009, a search warrant for Boyd's residence was executed.  A forensic analysis of the computer seized from Boyd's residence revealed the existence of 108 images of child pornography stored on the hard drive of Boyd's desktop computer.
 
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the assistance of the Virginia Beach Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Randy Stoker prosecuted 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.usdoj.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 http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

 

 

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