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Posted October 31, 2012 | comments 5 Comments

Winchester man pleads guilty to molesting boy, possessing child porn

By Joe Beck

A Winchester man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to several charges linked to possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child.

James Cobler, 27, of Winchester entered pleas to three counts of sexually exploiting a 4-year-old boy with the intention of producing child pornography, one count of transporting child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

A task force composed of law enforcement officials from the sheriff's offices of Page and Frederick counties and the Northern Virginia-D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation into Cobler's activities in April and May.

Cobler came to the attention of a law enforcement agent who was monitoring a peer-to-peer computer file-sharing network for signs of child pornography downloads, according to court documents.

The agent identified some sexually explicit files that he traced back to a computer at a home in Winchester. Law enforcement officials executing a search warrant at the home in May found Cobler and his grandparents living there. His grandparents were not charged in the case.

Cobler admitted to investigators that he downloaded child pornography files and had also molested a 4-year-old boy on several occasions when he was babysitting the boy. He also confessed to taking pictures and a video of the sexual abuse.

Cobler faces at least 15 years in prison and a maximum of 120 years at his sentencing hearing.

In a written statement, U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy called the case "a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to vigorously prosecute predators like Mr. Cobler. It should also serve as a further warning that parents must be vigilant in protecting children from the dangers posed by those who seek to exploit them in insidious and varied ways."

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


    Get some guys, guns, and a rope and lets save the tax payers some money here. These animals do not deserve 3 hot meals, a place to sleep, or anything but a bullet.

    I'm sure some gal's would join in also!! Yep Amen, save us some money!

    Absolutely sickening! The way this article reads, its like he admitted the horrid acts he commited with no hesitation....like he didnt care or maybe was even proud of what he had done! Another complete and utter waste of space draining our society...living in an air conditioned, heated home w cable tv. Access to free schooling, 3 hot meals and snacks to choose from. Now he can drain the system and our tax dollars instead of draining his grandparents living w them at the age of 27! I also feel death would be too easy. A gigantic hole in the ground is where we need to throw these animals and force them to stay alive and live a demeaning existence! Throw their bread & water into the hole where they have to use the bathroom as well and sleep in it! And maybe every so often we need to have someone repeatedly rape them so they know how it feels to be on the other end of what they have done! I know this may sound harsh to some but these monsters dont deserve the decent treatment they get! They ruin childrens and families lives bc of their sick perverted ways then when they get caught, we the taxpayers are forced to take care of them! Hell I know ALOT of ppl who dont even have the amenities in their homes that these pigs get in prison! Sad really!!!

    I do not understand how they get away with this!! He will no doubt get little time. They give harsher time to drug dealers! Oh my..to pray on the innocence of children is the worst crime ever!! I think they should put him away with a cell mate named BIG BUBBA who rapes his butt all day every day..to let him know what the fear and pain that child went thru every single time!!!

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