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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 10, 2014

Indiana Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt Of Child Porn

NORFOLK, Va. – Douglas Lawrence True, 23, of Clarksville, IN, pleaded guilty today to receiving child pornography.

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Charles May, Executive Assistant Director for Naval Criminal Investigative Service Atlantic Operations, made the announcement after True’s guilty plea was accepted by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis of the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, True was an active duty sailor who was viewing child pornography aboard a ship’s computer.  Based upon this activity, the command seized and searched his cellphone.  Agents learned that True was communicating with many different minors and enticing them to send explicit photos of themselves to him.  In one example, True convinced his co-defendant Rebecca Gibbs to photograph herself performing sex acts on a 1 year old child and to send True the pictures. 

A Norfolk federal grand jury indicted True and Gibbs on June 19, 2014 on three counts relating to child pornography.  True is scheduled to be sentenced on February 20, 2015 and faces 20 years in prison.  Rebecca Gibbs pleaded guilty to production of child pornography on September 30, 2014 and as a result of her guilty plea, she faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years of incarceration when she is sentenced on January 5, 2015.

This case was investigated by Naval Criminal Investigative Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph L. Kosky is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.   

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. 2:14-cr-97.

Updated August 11, 2016