West End man arrested for child porn

Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A Henrico home is busted for child porn but, we've learned this bust is just the beginning of a major crackdown. 22-year-old Christopher Lee was arrested Monday on more than a dozen child porn related charges.

Police told NBC12 this latest arrest will not be the last. They say there are thousands trading child porn across the state. They know who they're looking for and more arrests are coming.

We stopped by Lee's house to get his side of the story. He didn't come to the door, but the man who did, didn't want to discuss the charges.

"Was he really doing something with child porn?" asked NBC12's Evrod Cassimy.

"It's an ongoing case. Do you think that we're going to comment on it?" said the man.

But investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force had plenty to say about the raid.

"The items that were seized, part of the search warrant inventory are computers, computer related date, anything that's able to store electronic data," said Detective Kevin Hiner.

While investigators would not tell us exactly what they believe Lee was doing, he's facing about 16 charges for reproducing, selling and or possessing child porn. Investigators believe he's not the only one in our area.

"We've identified most of the targets and it's just a matter of time before we show up at their house and arrest them," said Detective Hiner.

You might remember another West End home was raided back in March which led to the arrest of 62-year-old John Paul Doolittle. Detective Hiner tells us he's expected to plead guilty to child porn charges Wednesday in exchange for seven years behind bars. And David Skulimoski, confessed to molesting a family member for eight years and will spend 30 years behind bars. These arrests are just the beginning of a major ongoing investigation.

"I think at one point in Virginia they identified up to over 10,000 computers that were trading child pornography," said Hiner.

Just to give you an idea of how big this investigation is, Detective Hiner says Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond and State Police, Richmond FBI and the Attorney General's office are all involved. We can expect several more arrests in the coming months.

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