Richmond attorney sentenced for receipt of child pornography

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond man was sentenced today by United States District Judge Henry H. Hudson to 72 months' incarceration for one count of Receipt of Child Pornography.

Thomas Johnston, 63, of Richmond, pled guilty to the charge on July 2. According to court documents, FBI agents determined that Johnston was making child pornography images available for download using peer-to-peer file sharing software.

During this time, Johnston was an attorney with Canfield, Baer, Heller & Johnston, in Richmond Virginia. In August 2008, FBI agents executed a search warrant at the law firm and seized two of Johnston's computers.  An examination of the computers disclosed hundreds of still images and several videos of child pornography, some of which were acquired using peer-to-peer file sharing software.

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