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Elementary School Assistant Principal Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An assistant principal at Greenville Elementary School, Joshua Myers, 29, of Warrenton, Va., was arrested today for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography. 

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement after the charges were made public. Myers will make an initial appearance tomorrow, June 16, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. before Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson.

            According to court documents, Myers was identified through an undercover investigation of individuals using peer-to-peer file sharing software to view and trade child pornography. Through an online chat with an undercover agent, Myers allegedly provided his password to folders on his computer containing child pornography and told the agent that he had traveled to California to have sex with a child and had engaged in sexual contact with children ages nine to 14 years old. Using the password provided, the undercover officer allegedly viewed through Myer’s shared folder several videos containing child pornography, including a video of a woman sexually abusing a two-year-old boy.

            Myers was arrested today at his home following a search of his residence. According to court documents, Myers allegedly admitted to being the person who communicated with the undercover agent and indicated he had child pornography stored on a thumb drive and on his work-issued laptop at school.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation Task Force, with assistance from the Warrenton Police Department.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Maureen C. Cain is 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 https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

 

 

 

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