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Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

February 14, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. – Billy Theodore Powell, 53, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty today in Norfolk federal court to production of child pornography.  Powell faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 21, 2012. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Powell’s plea was accepted by United States District Senior Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr.  Powell was previously indicted by a federal grand jury on December 19, 2011.

            According to court documents, Powell was identified by Virginia Beach Police Department when the mother of a 13 year-old girl discovered that Powell had multiple images of her daughter engaging in sexually explicit conduct that he had produced with his iPod touch.  The images were produced in Virginia Beach, where Powell was residing.

            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 the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.  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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