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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Newport News Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Newport News man was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for production of child pornography.

Ernesto Rodriguez Hernandez, 23, pleaded guilty on April 5. According to statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Rodriguez Hernandez used two minor females to produce images of child pornography. Hernandez exchanged messages with Jane Doe 1 using the Facebook messenger application, and received images of child pornography of Jane Doe 1 through Facebook messenger. On Dec. 2, 2016, law enforcement executed a federal search warrant at Hernandez’s residence, and seized Hernandez’s computers and other media storage items. An examination revealed additional videos and images of child pornography. After forensic examination, law enforcement identified an additional minor victim, Jane Doe 2, who Hernandez used to produce additional images of child pornography.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Megan M. Cowles and Lisa R. McKeel prosecuted the case.

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 is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:16-cr-94.

Project Safe Childhood
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications
Updated July 12, 2017