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Winchester man accused of receiving, viewing child pornography

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@ndaily.com

A Winchester man is facing a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court that accuses him of receiving or distributing child pornography.

The complaint against Brian Patrick Aronholt, 31, of 308 Sorrel Lane, asks that the court issue an arrest warrant against him after an investigation in which federal agents say they tracked Aronholt's online viewing and distribution of child pornography.

The complaint states the investigation began March 26 with an undercover FBI task force officer in Newark, N.J., who found images of child pornography while browsing through the shared directories of someone with the username "Newguy543". The shared directories were found while Newguy543 was logged onto a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, the complaint states.

The task force officer identified Newguy543's Internet address and subpoenaed the account records that traced the home address to 308 Sorrel Lane in Winchester, according to the complaint.

"A check of public records ... identified Brian Patrick Aronholt ... as being associated with the address ..." according to the complaint.

In the following months, the FBI continued to browse online through the suspect's multiple files and folders, the complaint states.

"Newguy543 had over 12,000 images and videos available for sharing, the majority of which appeared to be child pornography or had file names indicative of child pornography," the complaint states.

The complaint states the investigation continued through Sept. 7 when members of the FBI and Northern Virginia and D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at 308 Sorrel Lane and found Aronholt in his bedroom.

"Aronholt stated that he is a 'boy lover' and acknowledged his involvement in a number of boy lover groups," the complaint states, adding that Aronholt stated he has traveled to other states to visit boy lovers whom he had met via the worldwide web."

Online court documents state that Aronhholt did not seek release from custody at a court appearance Monday and was ordered held in detention pending trial by U.S. Magistrate Judge James G. Welsh.

Aronholt also waived a preliminary hearing, according to the records.

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