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Press Release

Suffolk Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

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

NORFOLK, Va. – Jamie Lee Sorrentino, 50, of Suffolk, pleaded guilty today to receipt of images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, a computer user at Sorrentino’s residence was distributing images of child pornography via peer-to-peer file sharing technology. In June 2016, the Suffolk Police Department executed a search warrant a Sorrentino’s house and seized numerous items of electronic media. After examination, a forensic specialist found over 50,000 images and videos of child pornography and child erotica. That same day, Sorrentino confessed that he was responsible for the images and videos.

Sorrentino faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison when sentenced on September 12. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This investigation was a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Norfolk; and Thomas E. Bennett, Chief of Police, Suffolk Police Department, made the announcement after Magistrate Judge Robert J. Krask accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth M. Yusi is prosecuting 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. 2:17-cr-42.

Updated March 28, 2017

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