Chesterfield Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography
(Richmond, Va.) – Victor Bernard Mandeville, 43, of Chesterfield County, Virginia, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to one count of receipt of child pornography. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Attorney General of Virginia, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson.
Mandeville was indicted on December 6, 2011, by a federal grand jury. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 27, 2012. Mandeville faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment, and will be required to register as a sex offender in any U.S. jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school.
According to court documents and information provided in open court at the plea hearing, Mandeville was identified by law-enforcement officers during an undercover investigation of individuals trading child pornography over the Internet. During their investigation, agents executed a search warrant at Mandeville's residence, where they seized numerous computers and computer-related equipment. During the search, Mandeville voluntarily agreed to be interviewed by law-enforcement officers and admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography from the Internet. He also admitted communicating with a minor female in the Philippines over the Internet and soliciting her to perform sexually explicit acts for him via a webcam. A subsequent forensic examination of Mandeville's computers revealed thousands of images and hundreds of videos containing child pornography.
This case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Innocent Images Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Wu and Special Assistant United States Attorney Tommy Johnstone of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office 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 http://www.usdoj.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.