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Former U.S. Coast Guard Officer Sentenced for Child Pornography

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Christopher Craft, 41, of Woodbridge, a former warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for receipt of child pornography.  Craft was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and ordered to register as a sex offender upon release from prison. 

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, from July 25, 2014, through Oct. 8, 2014, Craft used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and collect child pornography videos and images, including videos of children as young as 5 years-old being sexually abused. In total, Craft’s child pornography collection included 480 images and 111 videos of children being sexually exploited, including images and videos depicting sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Claffee prosecuted 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-47.

Updated July 8, 2016

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