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Case Number: 1:17-cr-00284-RDA
Judge: Rossie D. Alston, Jr
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Fairfax County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Alexandria, Virginia receipt of child pornography charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Christopher Robert Sueiro, who was charged with downloading images and videos depicting children as young as four years old being sexually abused and for utilizing the Darknet to solicit and promote child pornography.
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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Man Convicted of Receiving, Soliciting, and Promoting Child Pornography
A federal jury convicted a Virginia man today for downloading images and videos depicting children as young as four years old being sexually abused and for utilizing the Darknet to solicit and promote child pornography.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Christopher Sueiro, 39, of Fairfax, used a peer-to-peer network to download images of child sexual abuse. Sueiro was also a member of a Darknet hidden service website dedicated to trafficking in child sexual abuse material of preteen boys, where he made posts promoting and soliciting images and videos of child sexual abuse and attempted to receive it from other users of the website. Sueiro’s electronic devices included documents describing graphic sexual abuse of children and a guide to how to find child pornography online. He downloaded images and videos of child sexual abuse repeatedly over the course of at least four years, amassing thousands of images and videos.
Sueiro was convicted of four counts: receipt; attempted receipt; possession; and solicitation of child pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16, 2021, and faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine the sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia; Special Agent in Charge Raymond Villanueva of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C.; and Colonel Erin Schaible, Chief of the City of Fairfax Police Department made the announcement.
HSI and the City of Fairfax Police Department investigated the case, with significant assistance from the High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU) of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS).
CEOS Trial Attorney James E. Burke IV and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Smith III of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting the case.
18:2252(a)(2)& (b)(1) Receipt of Child Pornography (FORFEITURE)
18:2252(a)(4)(B)&(b)(2) Possession of Child Pornography (FORFEITURE)
18:2252(a)(2)&(b)(1) Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography (FORFEITURE)
18:225A(a)(3)(B)&(b)(1) Promotion and Solicitation of Child Pornography(FORFEITURE)
Outcome: 03/03/2021 272 Proposed Jury Instructions by Christopher Robert Sueiro (Gorokhov, Eugene) (Entered: 03/03/2021)
03/03/2021 273 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr: Jury Trial as to Christopher Robert Sueiro continued on 3/3/2021. US appeared through: Nathaniel Smith and James Burke. Deft appeared w/counsel Eugene Gorokhov. Preliminary matters heard out of the presence of the jury: Deft advised by counsel of his right to testify. Deft's voir dire of Detective Leighty held. Deft calls Dr. Pedro Quinones. The Court finds that evidence was not willfully withheld and that there is not a Brady violation. US cont'd to adduce evidence and rests. Defendant's Rule 29 Motion for Judgment of Acquittal - Argued and Denied. Deft adduced evidence and rests. Jury excused at 4:15 to return tomorrow 3/4/2021 @ 9:00. Jury Trial reset for 3/4/2021 at 09:00 AM in Alexandria Courtroom 601 before District Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. (Court Reporter: T. Harris)(tarm) (Entered: 03/04/2021)
Defendant was found guilty by a jury.