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Former Sailor Sentenced to 10 Years for Possession of Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s Office October 14, 2009
  • Eastern District of Virginia (757) 441-6331

NORFOLK, VA—Christopher Jason Oxenham, 28, of Virginia Beach, Va. was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 10 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life, for possession of child pornography.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Gregory A. Scovel, Acting Director, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, made the announcement after Oxenham was sentenced by United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Oxenham previously pled guilty to the child pornography charge on July 14, 2009.

According to court documents, Oxenham was an active duty Navy sailor stationed aboard the Naval Air Station Oceana, Damn Neck Annex in May 2008. Oxenham was using a personal computer that contained a peer to peer file sharing program known as “Limewire.” “Limewire” permits users on the Internet to access other computers running the “Limewire” program and download files that are in a shared folder. In May 2008, an undercover agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was using “Limewire” to search for users who possessed files in their “Limewire” shared folders that had file names commonly associated with child pornography. The undercover agent’s search turned up seven files located on Oxenham’s computer that were suspected to be child pornography. The agent downloaded the files to his computer for further analysis and contacted the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to open an investigation. NCIS agents tracked the computer to Oxenham’s personal computer located at his residence in Virginia Beach, Virginia and obtained a federal search warrant to conduct a search of his residence and seize computers located there. An analysis of Oxenham’s computer revealed over 349 images and 13 videos of child pornography.

This case was investigated by Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Special Assistant United States Attorney Karen Somers prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

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