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Press Release

Former Kentucky Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Porn

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia
Viewed child pornography aboard a ship’s computer

NORFOLK, Va. – Douglas Lawrence True, 23, formerly of Owensboro, KY, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison, followed by a life term of supervised release for receiving child pornography.

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Susan E. Triesch, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis.

True pled guilty to the charge on November 10, 2014.  According to court documents, True, an active duty sailor, came to the attention of investigators based upon the improper use of a Navy laptop computer.  During an interview with True, the command developed probable cause to seize and search True’s cellphone.  Investigators forensically analyzed the cellphone and found images of child pornography.  In addition, agents learned that True was communicating with many different minors and enticing them to send explicit photos of themselves to him.  Agents also found messages between True and his co-defendant, Rebecca Gibbs.  In these communications, True convinced Gibbs to create child pornography videos and images and send them to him. 

Rebecca Gibbs pleaded guilty to production of child pornography on September 30, 2014 and was sentenced on January 5, 2015 to 17 ½ years in prison, followed by a life term of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph L. Kosky and Special Assistant United States Attorney Alyssa Nichol prosecuted 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 March 24, 2015