Amelia man sentenced to 8 years for possession of child pornography

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AMELIA COUNTY, Va. – An Amelia man has been sentenced to eight years in prison Friday after being convicted on 15 counts of possession of child pornography in February.

Xavier Lopez, 30, was identified through an undercover peer to peer investigation into the online sharing of child pornography conducted by the Bedford County Sherriff’s Office.

Xavier Lopez

Xavier Lopez

The investigation traced Lopez to his home in Amelia County.  After obtaining a warrant, law enforcement officials seized several computers and electronic devices.

A forensic examination revealed Lopez had saved approximately 500 images of child pornography on his laptop computer in a peer-to-peer program folder which was available for distribution over the Internet.

Investigators said Lopez also saved dozens of additional images of child pornography on a tablet recovered from the residence.

“Eight years in prison is a strong and entirely appropriate sentence for someone who had built such a large cache of material,” said Attorney General Herring.

At the conclusion on his sentence, Lopez will be required to register as a sex offender in any U.S. jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school.