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Press Release

Local Music Instructor Charged with Production of Child Pornography

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Manassas man who served as a volunteer with the music programs at Osbourn High School and Grace E. Metz Middle School in Manassas has been charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography.

According to court documents and court proceedings, David Alexander Battle, II, 23, who worked for a private music company in Manassas, was arrested by the Manassas City Police Department on June 16, 2015, after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence and discovered evidence of child pornography, including two gigabytes of videos that appeared to be child pornography involving infants. Other evidence found at Battle’s residence included child pornography primarily of young boys and girls.

Battle initially faced child pornography charges in Prince William County, however, as the investigation into his online activity continued, federal prosecutors became involved and he was charged federally on Aug. 6, 2015.  Battle is currently detained and awaiting trial.

Battle faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum penalty of 30 years, if convicted. 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.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Northern Virginia-Washington, DC Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, or the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at 703-257-8092.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Douglas W. Keen, Manassas City Chief of Police; 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 Battle’s initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan on Aug. 24, 2015.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Prabhu 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. 1:15-mj-416.

A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.


Updated October 11, 2016