Posted by Jackson Revere
Timothy Alan Lewis, 50, of Richmond, pleaded guilty yesterday in Richmond Circuit Court on six counts of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to eight years, six months of active imprisonment, with an additional 21 years, six months suspended. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after the defendant was sentenced by Richmond Circuit Court Judge Beverly W. Snukals.
“With this strong sentence, another dangerous predator is off our streets and will not be able to harm our children,” said Attorney General Herring. “Sick individuals who sexually exploit children through the distribution and ownership of child pornography should know that they will be brought to justice. My office will continue to work with local law enforcement to take individuals who would harm children out of our communities.”
Evidence presented in court showed that Lewis, a registered sex offender with a previous conviction in Maine for sexually assaulting a child, was identified by the Richmond Police Department after receiving a complaint regarding him possessing child pornography on his home computer. When investigators visited his residence, the defendant admitted to searching for and saving child pornography on his computer. After securing a search warrant, the defendant’s electronic devices were seized, and a forensic examination revealed images of child pornography, internet search terms indicative of child pornography, and videos of his neighbor’s children playing in their front yard.
This case was investigated by the Richmond Police Department. Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with assistance from the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.