CHRISTOPHER BRUGH

Christopher Brugh

FRONT ROYAL – Virginia State Police arrested a Front Royal man on Monday, charging him with possession of child pornography.

State police issued a search warrant for Christopher Brugh’s home in March after a special agent monitoring online activity connected to an IP address he later learned was associated with Brugh.

According to the affidavit for a search warrant, Special Agent Chad Morris wrote that he picked up information about Brugh in June 2018 in the course of his work monitoring websites known to share child pornography. Morris wrote that he used a computer using investigative software to download a video a little over two minutes in length that Brugh’s IP address was sharing.

Two days later, on June 14, 2018, Morris wrote that he downloaded the video a second time.

Morris and the state police did not know who the IP address making the video available was associated with until they served Comcast with a subpoena on July 5, according to the affidavit. Four days later, the affidavit states, Comcast responded to the subpoena, providing the state police with Brugh’s subscriber information.

According to the affidavit, Front Royal Police Department Investigator Marc Ramey went to Brugh’s address to see where Brugh lived and what kind of car he drove.

On March 22, state police filed a search warrant for Brugh’s home. They stated they were looking for various communication and electronic devices that could be used to store or share child pornography including computers, hard drives, flash drives and phones.

Police searched Brugh’s home on March 27 and confiscated three items, according to the search inventory. Police took a Dell desktop computer, an iPhone and one black Verizon tablet.

Brugh was released from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on a $3,000 secured bond, according to the jail’s site.

Contact Max Thornberry at mthornberry@nvdaily.com