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Virginia man sentenced to 250 months in prison for production of child pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A 29 year-old man was sentenced on Thursday to 250 months in prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, for producing child pornography. This sentence follows a joint investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

William Hurlbut, 29, of Fredericksburg, Va., is a former police officer for Aquia Harbour and former member of the Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue squad. He pleaded guilty to producing child pornography on June 30, 2011. In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Hurlbut admitted performing sexual acts with a sleeping or unconscious eight-year-old boy and filming those acts with his iPhone in 2009. Hurlbut has known the victim since the victim was six months old. A search of Hurlbut's residence recovered more than 1,000 images and more than 1,000 videos of child pornography.

"Society carries great admiration and respect for individuals who maintain a position of public trust," said John P. Torres, special agent in charge of the ICE HSI field office in Washington, D.C. "As such, ICE HSI will use every available resource to continue its pursuit of individuals like Mr. Hurlbut who betray that admiration and respect through predatory behavior on innocent children."

This case was investigated by the ICE HSI, the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office and the Northern Virginia/District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

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-2-ICE or its online tip form. Both are 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.