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Child Exploitation
06/28/2010

Virginia man sentenced to 6 1/2 years for child pornography charge

NORFOLK, Va. - David Boyd, 46, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced on June 28 in Norfolk federal court to six and one-half years in prison and 25 years of supervised release for attempted receipt of child pornography. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Virginia Beach Police Department.

"Today's sentencing illustrates the serious nature of crimes that exploit children. The Internet provides an opportunity for predators to cross international cyber borders to feed their transgressions," said John P. Torres, special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, D.C. "As a member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, ICE works globally every day to hold those who exploit children accountable for their actions."

According to court documents, in September 2008 ICE agents determined that Boyd had sent money via Western Union money order to an individual associated with CP Company, a Russian-based business that advertises the sale of child pornography on the Internet. Interested customers were sent e-mails with directions on how to place an order via Western Union and to whom the payment should be sent. In August 2008, Boyd attempted to purchase a DVD containing child pornography by wiring $350 to CP Company.

Records obtained from Western Union and subpoenaed e-mails identified Boyd. On April 3, 2009, a search warrant for Boyd's residence was executed. A forensic analysis of the computer seized from Boyd's residence revealed the existence of 108 images of child pornography stored on the hard drive of Boyd's desktop computer.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.For more information, visit www.ice.gov.