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Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Arlington Man Sentenced for Production and Receipt of Child Sexual Abuse Material

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Arlington man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for production and receipt of child pornography.

“The defendant engaged in devastating acts of sexual exploitation against a defenseless child and produced videos of her sexual abuse for his warped gratification,” said Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “He escalated his conduct over the course of years, from viewing and amassing child sexual abuse material to becoming an abuser himself. For his crimes against children, the defendant will now serve a significant prison sentence where he can no longer prey on the most vulnerable members of our communities.”

According to court documents, Abraham Razook, 43, admitted to sexually exploiting a prepubescent minor on multiple occasions and producing videos of this abuse. From June to August of 2020, Razook created a series of sexually explicit videos of the prepubescent minor. In February 2021, Razook produced a more than 6-minute video that depicted the graphic sexual abuse of the child.

“The Department of Justice is committed to vigorously tracking down and holding accountable people like Razook who callously prey on vulnerable children for their selfish enjoyment,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “I commend the investigators and prosecutors in this case who are responsible for putting an end to Razook’s direct abuse of one minor and his perpetuation of the harm he did to so many others in the images he amassed.” 

“Today, Mr. Razook will begin to pay for his reprehensible actions,” said Raymond Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. “This sentencing is the result of many arduous hours of work by members of HSI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It should serve as a warning to anyone who intends to victimize children; they will be held accountable.”

Court records show the defendant also amassed a large number of online images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of hundreds of other child victims. Razook’s devices, that were recovered pursuant to a court-authorized search warrant and analyzed by law enforcement, contained evidence of additional child sexual abuse material including images and videos depicting violence against children. The evidence uncovered on his devices demonstrated that Razook began this unlawful conduct as early as 2013. Between April and September of 2020, Razook used an internet-based peer-to-peer program to download thousands of videos and images of child sexual abuse.

Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Kenneth A. Polite Jr., Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Raymond Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Kramer and Assistant U.S. Attorney Maya D. Song prosecuted the case.

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 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 is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:21-cr-146.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
USAVAE.Press@usdoj.gov
Updated October 6, 2021