Alexandria Teacher Indicted for Producing Child Pornography
Falls Church Man Also Charged with Altering Child Porn Photos to Depict Former Female Students
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A teacher at John Adams Elementary School, Justin Coleman, 35, of Falls Church, Va., has been indicted by a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., with two counts of producing child pornography, two counts of attempting to produce child pornography, receiving child pornography, and possessing modified child pornography.
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 the indictment was returned.
“This indictment alleges a pattern of disturbing, predatory behavior toward young girls,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to doing everything we can to safeguard our children from the urgent threat of exploitation and abuse. Identifying adults who abuse positions of trust to engage in this sexually explicit conduct is our highest priority.”
“This disturbing case strengthens our resolve to protect our community from predators who go to great lengths to sexually exploit young children,” said SAC Torres. “ICE will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify child predators and bring them to justice.”
A fourth grade Dual Language Teacher, Coleman was arrested on April 6, 2011, on receipt of child pornography charges. According to the six-count indictment, Coleman allegedly created videos in which he caused two female minors – who were unaware at the time – to engage in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment also accuses Coleman of attempting to produce child pornography with seven additional unaware minor females, including two who were students of his while he worked at a summer camp in Italy in the summer of 2010.
Coleman is also alleged in the indictment to have adapted existing child pornographic images to depict former, minor female students from Japan and Alexandria to appear to be engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment also accuses Coleman of receiving via the Internet videos and images of minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
If convicted, Coleman faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 30 years for each production or attempted production charge; a maximum penalty of 10 years for the possession of modified images charge; and a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years for the receipt charge.
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 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 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.