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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Virginia Beach Man Indicted for Trafficking Child Pornography Images

Traded Images with KIK Messenger App

NORFOLK, Va. – Dwight McEachin, 19, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges of distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Washington, D.C., made the announcement after the return of the indictment by the grand jury. 

McEachin faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison 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.

The indictment alleges that McEachin was using both KIK messenger and e-mail to trade images of child pornography with numerous people.  McEachin was originally arrested by HSI on December 15, 2014.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth M. Yusi is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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. 2:15-cr-3.

Updated March 24, 2015