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Former Langley Airman Sentenced to 15 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s Office October 21, 2010
  • Eastern District of Virginia (757) 441-6331

NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Donovan L. McPeak, 24, formerly of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 years for distribution of child pornography.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington, D.C. made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. McPeak pled guilty on June 18, 2010.

According to court documents, McPeak was initially identified by an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) task force officer who met McPeak on the Internet. During their online discussions, McPeak used the Internet to send the officer images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Pursuant to a search warrant, ICE agents searched and seized various computers and other electronic storage media from McPeak’s residence at Langley Air Force Base. A computer forensic analysis of McPeak’s computers and other media revealed thousands of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of those images depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity with adults and sadistic and masochistic conduct.

This case was investigated by ICE and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Yusi and Laura P. Tayman prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.

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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