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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Alexandria Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Lucas Aronson, 31, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty today to production of child pornography for enticing minors to engage in sexually-explicit conduct online and recording the acts.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Aronson streamed a video of an adult male engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a toddler-aged female on a chat website in January 2015.  Prior to that time, Aronson also posed as a minor girl online and chatted with minor girls, asking them to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves. Videos of minor girls chatting and responding to Aronson’s requests were found in his residence.  

Aronson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when sentenced on November 18. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police; and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Washington, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.  The Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) assisted in the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay V. Prabhu and Trial Attorney Lauren Britsch of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section prosecuted the case. 

This investigation was a 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-138.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 23, 2016