Fredy William Falla, 32, of Loudoun County pled guilty yesterday to ten counts of possession of child pornography and will be sentenced on July 23rd. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after Falla’s admittance of guilt was accepted by Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Douglas L. Fleming, Jr.
“My team and I work every single day to keep our children safe, and this is another case that will take a dangerous predator out of the community,” said Herring. “I want to thank the local law enforcement agencies that helped with this investigation and who work every day to keep our communities safe. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our children and I will continue to fight to get these dangerous people off the streets.”
Evidence showed that investigators with the Northern Virginia – D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant on Falla’s Loudoun County residence on October 31, 2017, seeking evidence related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
Investigators identified Falla as an occupant of the residence. Officers seized his electronic devices, and a subsequent forensic examination of the material revealed that Falla had saved video files of child pornography on an external hard drive. Falla admitted to searching for and viewing child pornography over the Internet and confirmed that officers would recover child pornography from his hard drive.
The child pornography found in Falla’s possession depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexual conduct, many of whom 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 Northern Virginia – D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
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