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Richmond Man Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. - Anthony E. Dunn, age 51, of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced to 96 months’ imprisonment today in U.S. District Court for distributing child pornography.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia; and Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations John P. Torres for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Washington office, made the announcement after the defendant was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James R. Spencer. 

            Dunn entered a plea of guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography on April 15, 2010.  According to court documents in the case, Dunn was identified by law-enforcement officers during an undercover investigation of individuals trading images of child sexual abuse in a chat room on the Internet.  During their investigation, agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) recorded a conversation in the chat room involving the defendant and several other users, in which the defendant posted numerous images depicting actual children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  ICE agents executed a search warrant at Dunn’s residence, during which they seized a computer and numerous alternative recordable media, such as CD-Rs and DVD-Rs.  A subsequent forensic examination of the computer and alternative media recovered 2,345 images and 475 videos depicting prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

            The case was investigated by ICE.  Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth C. Wu and Special Assistant United States Attorney Tommy Johnstone of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted 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 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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