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Virginia man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Fredericksburg, Va., man pleaded guilty to producing child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

William Hurlbut, 28, was indicted on June 22, and will be sentenced on Sept. 16 for producing child pornography. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison. Additionally, Hurlbut will be required to register as a sex offender in any community in which he lives or works.

In a statement filed with his plea agreement, Hurlbut admitted performing sexual acts with a sleeping eight-year-old boy and filming those acts with his iPhone in 2009. Hurlbut has known the victim since the child was six-months-old.

Anyone who may have additional leads regarding this case should contact ICE HSI at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.

Operation Predator identifies, investigates and arrests child pornographers, child sex tourists and facilitators, human smugglers and traffickers of minors, criminal aliens convicted of offenses against minors, and those deported for child exploitation offenses who have returned illegally. Operation Predator draws on ICE's unique investigative and enforcement authorities to safeguard children. Coordinated nationally and internationally, this initiative brings together an array of ICE disciplines and resources to target these child sex abusers.

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.