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Strasburg man indicted on charges of child porn possession

Caleb McKee

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted a Strasburg man on dozens of counts of possessing child pornography.

Caleb Andrew McKee, 27, of 496 Royal Ave., Strasburg, remains free on bond while charged with one count of possession of child pornography and 106 counts of the same crime as a second or subsequent offense. State law designates the first offense of possession of child pornography as a Class 6 felony punishable by five to 20 years in prison. A second or subsequent offense of the crime is designated as a Class 5 felony punishable by no less than five years and no more than 20 years in prison, five years of which is a mandatory minimum.

Investigator John Magdinec, of the Strasburg Police Department, executed a search warrant at McKee’s residence on Sept. 27. Magdinec also had a consensual interview with McKee, according to the affidavit filed for the defendant’s arrest. The investigator states that McKee “advised he routinely distributes, views and possess (sic) child pornography.”

“I showed the accused several images that were tracked back to him through subpoenas and he admitted to possessing the images,” Magdinec states.

An affidavit for the search warrant filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court states that the investigation revealed McKee used Dropbox to obtain the images.

“A cyber tip came through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which showed image files that depict prebuscent (sic) minors engaged in sexual acts or posing nude with the focus being on the genitals,” the affidavit for the search warrant states.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided information to the Northern Virginia Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the Virginia State Police indicating that the images were possessed using Dropbox, corroborating McKee’s statements.

The investigator indicated in court documents he received the tip from the task force on Sept. 24. Subpoenas revealed subscriber information and an Internet protocol address linked to McKee and a computer at the Royal Avenue address.

Authorities took numerous items from McKee’s home including several laptop computers, digital cameras, external thumb drives, cellphones, compact discs, and notebooks, according to the search inventory filed in the Circuit Court.

McKee’s case originated in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. A law enforcement officer advised a magistrate that McKee had a support system, including his mother who wanted to get her son help, the application for bond states.

McKee was granted release on a $7,500 unsecured bond, provided he lives with his parents and does not use the Internet or a smartphone except to make calls. McKee also was required as a condition of his release to attend and comply with counseling. Later, Judge Kevin Black granted a request by McKee’s attorney, William Allen III, to modify the bond conditions to allow his client to use a computer with Internet access. The judge prohibited McKee from using a computer to access any and all social media sites, peer-to-peer software or “bit torrent” software.

McKee waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the court on Feb. 8. The grand jury indicted McKee on the 107 charges on Feb. 14.

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