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Norfolk Man Sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison for receipt of child pornography

August 16, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. – John Eric Ewing, 39, of Norfolk, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 12 ½ years in prison for attempted receipt of child pornography.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Ewing was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar. 

According to court documents, Ewing was identified as a possible target through payment records linked to a known child pornography website.  He attempted to purchase child pornography in November 2006 and January 2007.  On April 1, 2008, a search warrant was executed on his home and his computer was seized.  A forensic exam revealed that he possessed more than 7,500 images of child pornography.

Ewing was indicted on July 23, 2008.  However, after his computer was seized, but before he was indicted, Ewing left the local area.  In late July 2008, he surfaced in Nevada as a suspect in a multiple rape case which took place in a Las Vegas hotel.  Later, after a high speed police pursuit in which he crashed his vehicle, Ewing was arrested and handed over to Las Vegas police.  He pled guilty to sexual assault with the use of a deadly weapon, attempted sexual assault, and first degree kidnapping.  On January 5, 2010, he was sentenced to 30 years to life in the state of Nevada.  He was brought back to the Eastern District of Virginia on March 16, 2010 and pled guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography on May 10, 2010.  His federal sentence will begin after he has served his state sentence.

This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security.   Assistant United States 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

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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