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Burke Man Charged with Filming Long-Term Sexual Abuse of a Minor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jason Laposay, 40, of Burke, Va., was indicted by a federal grand jury accused of making videos of his explicit sexual activity with an elementary-school-age girl and receiving thousands of images of child pornography. He was also accused of obstructing justice by destroying electronic evidence sought by law enforcement.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Colonel David Rohrer, Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the return of the indictment was made public.

On April 12, 2012, Laposay was indicted on one count of producing child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison; one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison; and two counts of obstruction of justice, which each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.    

According to court records, Laposay was identified after an individual contacted the Fairfax County Child Abuse hotline claiming that Laposay was sexually abusing a minor. A forensic interview of the minor victim by Fairfax County Child Protective Services alleged that for more than two years Laposay sexually abused the minor victim once a week.  He also allegedly used a sexual toy on the minor victim and showed her images of child pornography.

 Fairfax County police executed a search warrant on Laposay’s residence on Jan. 25, 2012, and recovered six video files from a laptop that allegedly depicted the minor victim engaging in sexual activity with an adult male believed to be Laposay created by an iPhone camera.  Law enforcement also allegedly recovered more than 3,000 images of child pornography.  Prior to his arrest, Laposay allegedly smashed a camera and got rid of his iPhone, preventing forensic analysis of both items.  

The investigation was conducted by the Fairfax County Police Department and FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation Task Force.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Maureen C. Cain is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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 (CEOS), 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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 https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

 

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