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Child porn bring 20 year prison term / May 03, 2021

A South Boston man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty in January of 11 charges of possession of child pornography and computer trespass.

Jerry Remines, 57, was in Halifax County Circuit Court on Friday for a sentencing hearing before Circuit Judge Kimberley S. White, who presided at his Jan. 12 trial. That trial ended with convictions on one count of possession of child pornography, ten counts of possession of child pornography, second or subsequent offense, and one count of computer trespass.

At that January trial, evidence was put forth by the Commonwealth showing that the defendant had not only possessed child pornography, but also was a member of, and moderated, various chat groups with an explicit interest in underage and taboo pornography.

At sentencing, the prosecution argued that there were two sides to Remines — the side he showed the public, as a veteran, family man, and business owner, and the hidden side that victimized his customers and actively sought out child pornography for his own sexual gratification.

Remines came to the attention of authorities when a South Boston police officer took a broken cellphone to Remines’ home computer repair business to fix. It was later discovered that Remines had extracted images of a personal nature from the cell phone without the officer’s knowledge or consent.

Prosecutors, led by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Bowen, highlighted how even after his trial, Remines refused to accept accountability for his actions after Virginia State Police special agents showed the court step-by-step exactly how Remines sought out and interacted with child porn. As a consumer of child pornography, Remines participated in creating a demand for materials that by definition exploited and abused children, the prosecution argued.

The Commonwealth asked Judge White to impose the maximum sentence for Remines of 105 years in prison, plus 12 months on the computer trespass charge, a misdemeanor offense.

Remines’s defense argued that he should receive a minimal sentence because these were his first criminal convictions and he had been a distinguished soldier, asking that the defendant be sentenced to only four years.

In rendering the 20-year sentence, White noted that children would not be victimized by pornographic images and their distribution if there were not people who actively sought out such materials. Each time a pornographic image is viewed, a child is victimized all over again, she said. White also noted the extreme nature of the pornography Remines sought, including sexual abuse of infants and the sexual torture of children, according to an account of the sentencing hearing provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin.

“We are thankful for the high quality investigation by the special agents of the Virginia State Police and the entirety of the South Boston Police Department. The successful prosecution of Jerry Remines would not have been possible without their efforts,” said Martin.

In addition to serving as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney and lead prosecutor in the case, Bowen is the office’s juvenile court specialist.

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