Henrico man pleads guilty to distribution of child pornography

Press release from Office of the Attorney General

HENRICO, VA - John Paul Doolittle, 62, of Henrico County pled guilty to four counts of distribution of child pornography and was sentenced in Henrico County Circuit Court today to seven years in prison.  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made the announcement after the defendant was sentenced by Henrico Circuit Court Judge Daniel Balfour.

Evidence in court documents showed that the defendant, a pharmacist, was identified through an undercover investigation by Florida law enforcement into the trading of child pornography over peer-to-peer networks on the Internet.  The defendant was sharing images depicting child pornography from his computer over the Internet.  Based on this information, the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force obtained a search warrant for Doolittle's residence.  During the search, Doolittle voluntarily admitted seeking out and downloading child pornography from the Internet.  A subsequent forensic examination of the computers seized during the search confirmed that he had downloaded and distributed child pornography.

Cuccinelli commented, "By distributing child pornography, Doolittle perpetrated the cycle of abuse and exploitation experienced by these child victims.  This predatory behavior will not be tolerated in Virginia."  He continued, "This case highlights the ongoing cooperation between law enforcement agencies across the country and across jurisdictions to apprehend and prosecute child predators."

This case was investigated by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Boynton Beach (FL) Police Department.  Assistant Attorney General Tommy Johnstone of the attorney general's office prosecuted the case on behalf of the commonwealth, with cooperation from the Henrico County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.