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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Woodbridge Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Christopher Craft, 41, of Woodbridge, pleaded guilty today to receipt of child pornography.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, from July 25, 2014, through Oct. 8, 2014, Craft used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and collect child pornography videos and images, including videos of children as young as 5 years-old being sexually abused. In total, Craft’s child pornography collection included 480 images and 111 videos of children being sexually exploited, including images and videos depicting sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Craft faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on July 8. 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.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Claffee are prosecuting the case.

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. 1:16-cr-47.

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Updated April 21, 2016