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Man charged with possessing child porn, taking video

Dorian Pitts

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man stands accused of possessing child pornography and taking video of a juvenile.

Authorities arrested Dorian Eugene Pitts, 36, of 91 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, on Thursday and charged him with four counts of possession of child pornography, three of which are classified as second or subsequent offenses, and one count of creating a video or still image of a non-consenting person under the age of 18 in a state of nudity or wearing undergarments while in a location under circumstances where such person had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Pitts is scheduled to appear in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Monday. Pitts remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

A criminal complaint filed with the charges by Warren County Sheriff’s Office investigator M.E. Knowles provides some details about the case and makes reference to the search of a cellphone provided by Pitts. Knowles notes that on June 8 and 9 “four images were uploaded depicting prepubescent minors engaged in lascivious acts using the email account donaldpitts@gmail.com. Search warrants confirmed the (Internet protocol address) listed on the uploads returned to Pitts’ address.” The complaint did not indicate to where the images were uploaded.

Search warrants did not appear to be on file in the Warren County Circuit Court.

During the execution of the search warrant at Pitts’ residence, Pitts admitted to owning and having access to the above email account, the complaint states. The email account was accessed via a cell phone that Pitts provided and claimed to own, the complaint adds. During the examination of Pitts’ phone, video of an unidentified 13-year-old female using the bathroom with exposed genitals was found saved to his phone, the complaint states.

The complaint also indicates that Knowles intended to seek an emergency protective order for five children and to request that the court not allow Pitts to return to the residence for the safety of the juveniles.

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