By Joe Beck - firstname.lastname@example.org
A Winchester man was indicted Thursday in U.S. District Court on five counts accusing him of using a boy to produce a pornographic video and photos and of possessing and transporting child pornography.
The case against James Robert Cobler, 27, with a last known address of 500 S. Washington St., Winchester, stems from an investigation that began in mid-April. It eventually traced online child pornography files back to an Internet subscriber address identified in an affidavit as belonging to Cobler's grandparents, Robert D. and Donna H. Lancaster. The affidavit was signed by James C. Galbreath, who is identified in the affidavit as an investigator with Frederick County Sheriff's Office assigned to the Northern Virginia-District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The affidavit states that members of the task force entered the Lancaster home at 500 S. Washington St. on May 3 and found the Lancasters and Cobler inside. Galbreath and Investigator Michael R. Wagoner interviewed Cobler, according to the affidavit. Wagoner is a member of the task force and Page County Sheriff's Office.
The affidavit states "Cobler admitted to possessing numerous images of child pornography," and they were in his "shared" file folder that could be "downloaded by others using the peer-to-peer network" on his computer.
According to the affidavit, Cobler also admitted to Galbreath and Wagoner that he "had sexual contact, on four separate occasions, with a 4-year-old boy whom he had babysat within the past month. The child's mother indicated that Cobler had been babysitting this child since approximately Sept. 15, 2011 at the child's residence."
The affidavit states that Cobler told the investigators that he had taken a video and about 10 photographs of himself performing sex acts on the child with his digital camera, "created a folder on his computer using the child's first name, and placed the video and images of the child in it."
Wagoner found a folder on Cobler's computer on May 8 that contained pictures and the video he took of the child, according to the affidavit.
Galbreath had met the child on May 3 and "recognized the child as being the one depicted in the photographs and the video," the affidavit states.
The affidavit also states that Galbreath and Wagoner interviewed the child's parents who identified the child, confirmed that Cobler had been a babysitter for several months in their home and "were able to identify the child's room as the location in which the images were made."