RICHMOND, VA – John Wayne Bruce, Jr., 48, of Aldie, VA in Loudoun County was found guilty yesterday of three counts of reproduction and ten counts of possession of child pornography in Loudoun County Circuit Court following his plea of guilty to possession and admittance that the Commonwealth’s evidence could not be overcome on reproduction. He will be sentenced on October 11, 2018, and will face a mandatory minimum term of ten years of imprisonment. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after Loudoun County Circuit Court Substitute Judge Benjamin Kendrick pronounced the defendant guilty on all counts.
“Any individual who seeks to rob children of their innocence through the distribution and ownership of child pornography deserves to be behind bars,” said Attorney General Herring. “Participation in this vile market contributes to the continued victimization of these children and my office will continue to seek justice against those who harm children. I’d like to extend my thanks to the prosecutors from my office and investigators who work tirelessly to apprehend child predators across the Commonwealth.”
Evidence presented in court showed that investigators with the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force initially detected Bruce in 2017 trading child pornography over a peer-to-peer network online. Officers subsequently executed a search warrant on Bruce’s Loudoun County residence seeking evidence related to the possession and distribution of child pornography. Officers seized his computer and various digital storage devices, and a subsequent forensic examination of the material revealed that Bruce had saved hundreds of identical video and image files of child pornography onto two separate hard drives.
The child pornography found in Bruce’s possession featured children as young as toddlers, many of whom have been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as abuse victims in prior law enforcement investigations.
This case was investigated by the Northern Virginia – D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
SOURCE: news provided by OAG.STATE.VA.US on July 12, 2018