RICHMOND, VA – Roger James Newman, 36, of Richmond yesterday pled guilty to ten counts of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to eight years of active imprisonment, with an additional fifty-two years suspended. Upon his release, Newman will be placed on supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives or works. Attorney General Mark R. Herring, whose team successfully prosecuted the case, announced the result after Newman was sentenced by Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo.
“Child pornography is a scourge that subjects its innocent victims to a cycle of re-victimization each time it is shared and spread,” said Attorney General Mark Herring. “We’re going to keep pursuing tough sentences against anyone who harms our children.”
Evidence showed that investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant on Newman’s Richmond residence on June 1, 2016, seeking evidence related to the possession and distribution of child pornography. Investigators identified Newman as the sole occupant of the upper level of the residence, where officers seized computers and digital storage devices. A subsequent forensic examination of the material revealed that Newman had saved tens of thousands of image and video files of child pornography on these devices. Newman admitted to searching for and collecting child pornography for over a decade.
This case was investigated by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with assistance from the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.