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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Woodbridge Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Woodbridge man pleaded guilty today to collecting hundreds of images of child pornography.

According to court documents, Axel Ignacio Portillo, 35, admitted that between February and October 2014, he downloaded hundreds of images of child pornography from the Internet using peer-to-peer software. In October 2014, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant on Portillo’s residence and seized a desktop computer and external hard drive containing at least 100 videos and 600 other digital images of child pornography.

Portillo waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging him with receipt of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on September 1. 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.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander P. Berrang and Maya D. Song are 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. 1:17-cr-97.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated May 31, 2017