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September 12, 2017

Warrenton man gets 8 years in prison for child porn

After pleading guilty to 50 counts of child pornography possession in June, Reed Michael Emery faced a maximum total sentence of 250 years in prison.
It’s a sad case. He obviously had mental health issues. It’s a dark, dark world.
— Mark B. Williams, defense attorney
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By age 20, the Warrenton man had amassed a vast collection of child pornography.

When authorities confiscated Reed Michael Emery’s laptop in July 2016, the computer contained 6,977 pornographic images and 167 pornographic videos depicting children younger than 18.

“Several of these children are infants and toddlers,” according to the prosecutor’s evidence.

Mr. Emery in June pleaded guilty to 50 felony counts of possession of child pornography.

Fauquier Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker last week sentenced Mr. Emery to 56 years but suspended 48 of them.

That reduced his prison term to eight years.

Because each count carried a maximum sentence five years, Mr. Emery faced up to 250 years in prison.

But partly because Mr. Emery, 21, had no previous criminal record and other circumstances, Virginia’s sentencing guidelines suggested a minimum 11 years and 11 months and a maximum 25 years and eight months in jail.

Exercising discretion, judges may impose a lesser or more severe sentence than recommended by the guidelines.

Upon his release, Mr. Emery will be placed on probation for five years, during four of which he cannot have unsupervised contact with minors.

Warrenton lawyer Mark B. Williams called his client’s eight-year sentence “fair.”

“Judge Parker felt the guidelines were high,” Mr. Williams said of the sentence. “And, because of (Mr. Emery’s) age, there’s the possibility of redemption. And, he had no criminal record.”

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Abigail Owens, who prosecuted the case, wanted a longer sentence.

“While I respect judges’ sentences, I am disappointed,” Ms. Owens said. “These pictures are horrific. I had hoped for a little harsher punishment. . . . No one wants to see cases like this involving children.”

Mr. Emery had lived with his parents. After receiving a tip, the Virginia State Police and other members of the NOVA/DC Internet Crime Against Children Task Force in July 2016 searched the couple’s home, where they recovered Mr. Emery’s laptop.

An open folder contained images and videos “consistent with child pornography,” according to the prosecutor’s evidence.

“The defendant explained that when he was around 13 years old, he realized that he was attracted to younger girls,” according to investigators. “The defendant said that he used peer-to-peer networks and cloud-based applications (like Dropbox) to obtain and share images and videos depicting child pornography.”

Investigators asked Mr. Emery if his parents ever caught him viewing pornography.

“I mean, I’m pretty sure that they know that I have some sort of perversion for that s---,” investigators said he told them.

Mr. Emery claimed his parents found pornography on his computer but took no action.

“It’s a sad case,” Mr. Williams said. “He obviously had mental health issues. It’s a dark, dark world.”
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WatchingWarrenton · September 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm
Supports my long held belief that Judge Parker is supporting the child sex trade.
See also the local Madison County Deputy Sheriff ON THE CHILD INTERNET TASK FORCE who pled guilty to child sex charges. Sentencing in December (fortunately in a federal court) We know what local Judge Parker would do.
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