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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Virginia Beach Sex Offender Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

NORFOLK, Va. – Bruce Lee Scott, 30, of Virginia Beach, was sentenced today to 192 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for receipt of child pornography.

Scott pleaded guilty on Oct. 20, 2016. According to court documents, Scott received numerous images of child pornography through an internet-based file sharing program. After conducting a search warrant on his residence, investigators found that Scott possessed more than 1,000 pictures and 46 videos of child pornography on his laptop. Investigators also found evidence suggesting that Scott was having a sexual relationship with a minor. According to statements made in court, that evidence has been provided to the Virginia Beach Police Department and a state prosecution is underway. Court records show that Scott was convicted in 2006 for indecent liberties with a child, and as a result of that conviction he is required to register as a sex offender.

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 (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Stoker prosecuted the case.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as 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. 2:16-cr-137.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 9, 2017