04/21/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/18/2017 07:50
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Roger Wheaton Webb, 53, of Fairfax, was sentenced today to five years in prison for receipt of child pornography.
Webb pleaded guilty on January 18. According to court documents, between February and March 2015, the FBI identified an Internet Protocol address accessing child pornography from a Fairfax business. Law enforcement officers later executed a federal search warrant at that business where Webb worked. During the search, several electronic devices were located and reviewed, including a Dell computer and a flash drive. Forensic analysis revealed that these two devices contained approximately 5,500 image files and 362 video files of child pornography. The analysis of the computer further confirmed that it had been used to download child pornography using peer-to-peer software. When interviewed, Webb admitted that he had used the business's computer to access, receive, and download child pornography and that he had transferred and stored child pornography to an external drive or flash drive he possessed.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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 sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Dougherty Russell and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Leslie Fisher of the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section prosecuted the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney's Officefor the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Courtfor the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACERby searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-298.