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Alexandria Teacher Charged with Receipt of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Justin Coleman, 35, of Falls Church, Va., has been arrested on receipt of child pornography charges. 

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE),  Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C.; Colonel David Rohrer, Fairfax County Chief of Police; and Earl Cook, Alexandria Chief of Police, made the announcement after Coleman’s initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan.

            According to court documents and court proceedings today, ICE agents investigating a known child-pornography website identified IP addresses used to access specific image files on the site, including one that was assigned to Coleman at his residence in Falls Church.

            Coleman, a fourth grade Dual Language Teacher at John Adams Elementary School, allegedly agreed to speak with law enforcement when they executed a search warrant at his residence on April 6, 2011. Court documents state that in this interview, Coleman allegedly stated that he had been viewing and downloading pornography for a long time and preferred to view images and videos of young girls between 5 to 12 years old. During the search, Coleman allegedly provided agents with an external hard drive containing numerous videos and images containing child pornography, along with photos of children fully clothed who appear to be in the age range of elementary school.

            According to court documents, law enforcement also allegedly found several small pairs of young girls’ underwear behind his bed. When he was arrested on the evening of April 6, 2011, agents allegedly found a pair of panties in his pocket.

            Individuals who may have additional leads regarding this matter should contact ICE HSI at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.

The investigation was conducted by ICE HSI, Fairfax County Police Department, and the Alexandria Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Gerald Smagala and Special Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Cain are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Criminal complaints are only charges and not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

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.justice.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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