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Press Release

Virginia Beach Man Sentenced for Production of Child Pornography

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

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced yesterday to 22 years in prison for producing images of child sexual abuse.

According to court documents, from December 2018 to January 2019, James Thomas White, 26, knowingly communicated with a thirteen-year-old child on Twitter and repeatedly asked her to send him sexually explicit photographs and videos of herself, which she did. White also used Twitter and other online accounts to find others with whom to trade child sexual abuse material, which he kept on his electronic devices as well as in online cloud storage accounts. After court-authorized searches were executed at White’s residence and in electronic accounts, he was found to possess approximately 1,500 images and 450 videos of child pornography, some of which portrayed the sexual abuse of infants or toddlers.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Raymond Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. Office; and Paul Neudigate, Chief of Virginia Beach Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Gantt 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 are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-12.


Updated November 10, 2021

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