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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 17, 2014

Virginia Beach Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Producing Child Pornography

NORFOLK, Va. – Robert Harold Scott, Jr., 27, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today to life in prison, for enticing and conspiring with multiple women to produce child pornography, among other charges including obstruction of justice.

Dana J. Boente, United States 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 sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar.

On July 14, 2014, Scott was convicted by a jury on multiple counts involving the production of child pornography and online enticement.  According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Scott used various personas on the Internet to meet women and try to convince them to work as prostitutes for parties at hotels.  In reality, Scott would not pay them after the parties and sometimes would extort the women by threatening to publish sexually explicit videos.  Scott was convicted in Virginia Beach Circuit Court for this scheme in May 2013.  However, while the state charges were pending, Scott continued this behavior.  Homeland Security Investigations found that, when discussing the sex parties, sometimes Scott would request these women to produce child pornography and was very specific as to the sex acts he wanted done on camera.  Five different women complied and sent sexually explicit images of children in return for the promise of money.  In two instances, Scott convinced the women to bring the children to the hotel parties.  As a result of Scott’s actions, seven different children, ages 1 to 5 years old, were sexually abused.  Four of these women already pleaded guilty in Federal court to production of child pornography, and one of these women pleaded guilty in Chesapeake Circuit Court. 

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance provided by Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Police Departments.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth M. Yusi and Jay V. Prabhu prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was brought as 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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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-164.

Updated August 11, 2016