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Press Release

Chesapeake Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Child Pornography Case

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

NORFOLK, Va. – Charles Gibbons, 48, of Chesapeake, was sentenced today to 132 months in prison for receipt of child pornography.  Gibbons was also sentenced to 20 years of supervised release and fined $35,000.

Gibbons pleaded guilty on Sept. 9, 2015.  According to court documents, in May 2014, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was conducting an undercover investigation into people using peer to peer file sharing programs to distribute child pornography on the Internet.  The investigation led to the residence of Gibbons, after law enforcement downloaded numerous images of child pornography from his computer.  Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Gibbons’ residence and seized numerous items of computer media. A subsequent forensic analysis of the computer media revealed that Gibbons had over 6,400 images and 1,000 video files of child pornography. 

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington; and Col. K.L. Wright, Chief of Chesapeake Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth M. Yusi and Trial Attorney Leslie Williams Fisher with the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice 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 the Criminal Division’s 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.

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. 2:15cr59.

Updated February 4, 2016