Virginia Man Sentenced to Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography
An Alexandria, Virginia man was sentenced on Jan. 11 to five years in prison for receipt of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
On Oct. 5, 2018, Kerry Sipult, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced by Senior District Judge Claude M. Hilton to serve 60 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. According to the Information to which Sipult pleaded guilty and to other facts he admitted to in his plea agreement, between Aug. 1, 2014 and Oct. 22, 2014, Sipult used a peer to peer program to download and share child pornography. As part of the investigation, the FBI seized Sipult’s computer and other electronic storage devices and recovered over 4,000 child pornography images and/or videos.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI. Trial Attorney Ralph Paradiso of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Russell of the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted the case.