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Newport news Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

May 20, 2011

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Ian Hartney, 20, of Newport News, Va., was indicted by a federal grand jury today on production, receipt, and possession of child pornography. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John P. Torres, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), made the announcement.  Hartney faces a mandatory minimum penalty of fifteen years.

            According to the indictment, an arrest warrant was issued for Hartney after a computer repair person found child pornography on Hartney’s computer. A search warrant was executed on Hartney’s residence in Newport News and a number of computers and computer media were seized. Hartney was found to have homemade images of numerous different minor girls, some of whom have been identified by law enforcement.  ICE continues to try to identify other potential victims.

            This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Yusi is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

            Criminal indictments 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  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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