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Press Release

Arlington Man Pleads to Guilty Child Pornography Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – James Jeffrey Schroeder, 50, of Arlington, a former teacher’s assistant at Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty today to charges of receiving and downloading child pornography.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, from approximately 1997 to August 2015, Schroeder received and downloaded child pornography from the internet and from a family member.   A forensic review of Schroeder’s electronic media revealed over 83,000 images and 400 videos of child pornography.  Many of the images and videos were sadistic or masochistic in nature and depicted scenes of violence.

Schroeder faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on Feb 2, 2017.  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; and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis, III.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Dougherty Russell is prosecuting the case.

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-242.

Updated October 28, 2016

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