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virginia beach man sentenced for possession of child pornography

November 29, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. – James A. Metcalf, 35, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 87 months in prison, followed by supervised release for life, for possession of child pornography. 

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Metcalf was sentenced by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis.  Metcalf previously pled guilty to the charge on August 18, 2010.

            According to court documents, Metcalf, who is currently serving a 25-year state sentence for charges involving child sexual abuse, was a former active duty member of the U.S. Navy.  After Metcalf’s abuse came to the attention of the Virginia Beach Police Department, agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service executed a search onboard the USS Laboon to which Metcalf was assigned and seized computers and other electronic media from Metcalf’s home in Virginia Beach.  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 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 and the Virginia Beach Police Department.  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

            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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