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A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia returned an indictment today charging a Hamilton, Virginia man with production of child pornography.
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia, and Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement.
According to court documents, in November 2017, Logan Roy McCauley, 25, drove to West Virginia, picked up a minor female he had met online, and drove her to his residence in Hamilton. The minor female’s family reported her missing, and law enforcement was able to locate her at McCauley’s residence by tracing Internet activity associated with one of the minor female’s social media accounts. McCauley admitted to law enforcement that he had engaged in sexual intercourse with the minor and had used his Apple iPhone to record one of the sexual encounters.
The case is being investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, which is comprised of agents of the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and detectives from the Prince William County Police, Fairfax County Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Metropolitan Police, Alexandria City Police, Arlington County Police, Leesburg Police, Virginia State Police and the Offices of Inspector General of several federal agencies. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation. Trial Attorney Gwendelynn Bills of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Berrang of the Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting the case.
The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the 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.justice.gov/psc.