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Newport News Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

January 20, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Ian Hartney, 21, of Newport News, Va., was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. Hartney pleaded guilty on September 21, 2011.

            According to court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, 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 hundreds of homemade images of several different minor teenage girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct, as well as numerous images of child pornography, including those of prepubescent children being sadistically and masochistically abused, that he obtained from the Internet. 

            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, 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

            This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation, Newport News Police Department and Chesapeake Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Yusi prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

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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