Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography
NORFOLK, Va. - James A. Metcalf, 35, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty today in Norfolk federal court possession of child pornography. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Metcalf’s plea was accepted by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. Metcalf will be sentenced on November 29, 2010.
According to court documents, Metcalf, a former active duty Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, came under suspicion of possessing child pornography onboard the USS Laboon. Based upon this information, agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service executed a search onboard the USS Laboon and received permission from Metcalf’s wife to seize computers and other electronic media from Metcalf’s home. An analysis of the seized media revealed in excess of 150 images of child pornography. Some of the computer files contained images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the court records state. The court documents further state that Metcalf possessed child pornography images of known victims whose identities are kept in a database at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth M. Yusi and Joseph L. Kosky prosecuted the case for 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.