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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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VIRGINIA BEACH MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

~ Jeffrey Dirocco pleaded guilty to ten counts of possession of child pornography ~

 

 

VIRGINIA BEACH (May 2, 2019) -  Jeffrey Dirocco, 58, of Virginia Beach, pleaded guilty this week to ten counts of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to four years of active imprisonment, with an additional 11 years suspended. Upon his release, Dirocco will be placed on supervised release indefinitely and will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives or works. Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, made the announcement following sentencing by Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien.

 

“People who rob children of their innocence and exploit them through the possession of child pornography should know they will be held accountable for their actions,” said Attorney General Herring. “This is another strong sentence that will take a predator off of our streets, making our communities and our children safer. I want to thank my team and the local law enforcement agencies who were dedicated to working on this case.”

 

The investigation of this case began in 2015 when an undercover agent for the Virginia State Police downloaded several images of child pornography over a peer-to-peer network. Further investigation revealed that an individual residing in Virginia Beach was distributing the child pornography. Agents subsequently executed a search warrant on the residence where they encountered and interviewed Dirocco. Dirocco admitted to having hundreds of child pornography files on his computer saved within a peer-to-peer network that he had been using for years. A forensic examination of his laptop revealed 1,597 videos of child pornography. Another digital camera and flash drive yielded 34 videos of child pornography.

 

The hundreds of child pornography images recovered depict children being sexually abused, some of which 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 Virginia State Police and the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant Attorney General Alexaundra Williams of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth with assistance from the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

 

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