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Former Portsmouth Police Sergeant Sentenced to 10 Years for Distribution of Child Pornography

January 23, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. – Thomas Humphries, 63, of Portsmouth, Va., was sentenced today to 10 years in prison, followed by a term of 20 years of supervised release, for distribution 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 Arenda L. Wright Allen. Humphries previously pled guilty on July 12, 2011.

            According to court documents and testimony presented at sentencing, Humphries, a former sergeant with the Portsmouth Police Department, first came to the attention of ICE HSI when, on December 31, 2009, he distributed an image of child pornography by posting the image on a website known to law enforcement to be used to trade images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  While Humphries made claims that he was working as an undercover cop during the distribution and that he was participating in the website as a joke, ICE HSI found no information to corroborate such claims. 

            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 ICE HSI and the Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth M. Yusi is prosecuting 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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