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Child Exploitation
08/03/2011

Virginia teacher pleads guilty to producing child pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A teacher at John Adams Elementary School pleaded guilty today to two counts of producing child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Justin Coleman, 35, of Falls Church, Va., was arrested on on April 6, 2011 on receipt of child pornography charges. A federal grand jury indicted Coleman on June 16, 2011 on six child pornography related charges. A fourth grade Dual Language Teacher, Coleman was arrested on April 6, 2011, on receipt of child pornography charges and indicted on June 16, 2011, on six child pornography related charges.

"Child predators have no place in our school systems," said John P. Torres, special agent in charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, D.C. "Working with our partners, ICE HSI will continue to identify and arrest individuals who use their positions of public trust to take advantage of the most innocent in our society."

"Today, Justin Coleman admitted that for years he viewed tens of thousands of sexually explicit videos and photos of children," said U.S. Attorney MacBride. "Similar to many who are involved in child pornography, this fourth grade teacher went beyond viewing - Mr. Coleman altered thousands of pornographic photos to make it appear that former female students were engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and he also made his own videos of sexual abuse with children. Our office is committed to doing everything we can to safeguard our children from the threat of exploitation and abuse. Identifying adults who abuse positions of trust to engage in this sexually explicit conduct is our highest priority."

According to the statement of facts, Coleman was among 900 individuals in the United States identified by Italian law enforcement as part of an overseas child pornography investigation. During an interview with U.S. law enforcement, Coleman admitted he had viewed child pornography for years, as often as two or three times a week, and preferred images and videos depicting five- to twelve-year-old girls engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

A forensic analysis of digital evidence in this case revealed that Coleman had created at least two videos in which he caused two female minors - who were unaware at the time - to engage in sexually explicit conduct with Coleman. The analysis also found more than 2,500 images of existing child pornography that had been altered by Coleman to depict former, minor female students to appear to be engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Overall, the analysis found more than 75,000 images of child pornography and child erotica and 1,000 child pornography movies.

Coleman faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 30 years for each production charge when he is sentenced on Oct. 28, 2011, before United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.

The investigation was conducted by ICE HSI, Fairfax County Police Department, and the Alexandria Police Department, with assistance from the Northern Virginia/District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Gerald Smagala and Special Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Cain are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Coleman faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 30 years for each production charge when he is sentenced on Oct. 28, 2011, before United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.