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Two SW Virginia men indicted on separate child porn charges

July 3rd, 2014 10:24 pm by Wes Bunch

Two SW Virginia men indicted on separate child porn charges

JONESVILLE — A Lee County grand jury returned indictments this week on two Southwest Virginia men who allegedly were found in possession of child pornography in unrelated cases.

Lewis Daniel Nimety, 52, of Jonesville, was indicted Tuesday on a single felony count of production of pornographic material involving a child, two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving the same child and multiple counts of possessing images of child pornography.

Production of child pornography carries a potential sentence ranging from a mandatory five-year sentence to 30 years in state prison, while aggravated sexual battery carries a punishment ranging from one to 21 years of incarceration.

A second person, Kevin Seals, 18, of St. Charles, was also indicted by the grand jury on seven counts of possessing child pornography and a single count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Seals faces one to five years in state prison on each count of possessing child pornography.

According to the Lee County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, an investigation by Virginia State Police special agents turned up nearly 300 child pornography-related images on a computer and two flash drives discovered at Nimety's residence.

In the indictment, Nimety was charged with possessing 87 images of child pornography. He also was charged with aggravated sexual battery for allegedly touching the child of an acquaintance and for taking pictures of the same child with "sexual intentions."

Prosecutors said most of the 87 pictures for which Nimety was indicted were downloaded from the Internet, not taken by him.

The charges against Seals were also brought by Lee County authorities following an investigation by VSP special agents that began in 2013.

Authorities began the investigation after receiving information that Seals allegedly posted nude images of a 14-year-old girl on his Facebook page.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Seals' smartphone and allegedly found several other images of the nude teenager on the device.

After the indictments were returned, Lee County Commonwealth's Attorney Shawn Hines singled out the work of VSP special agents Marcus McClanahan and Jason Jenkins and their efforts to combat child pornography in Southwest Virginia.

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