Hanover County man sentenced to 5 years for possession of child pornography

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Hanover County man was sentenced to 5 years in prison Monday for possessing child pornography.

Edward Jon Tillman, 53, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment with 15 years suspended in Hanover County Circuit Court.

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after the defendant was sentenced by Hanover County Circuit Judge J. Overton Harris.

According to court records and evidence presented at the plea hearing, the case against the defendant began in December 2015 when law-enforcement officers received a tip that an individual had uploaded images of child pornography to a cloud storage account.

Through further investigation, an investigator with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office connected the cloud storage account to the defendant.  Based on this information, the investigator obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s residence.

During a voluntary interview, the defendant admitted searching for and viewing child pornography over the Internet, and that officers would recover child pornography from his computer.

At the conclusion of the search, law-enforcement officers seized numerous pieces of computer equipment from the defendant’s residence.

The seized items were subjected to a forensic examination by a forensic examiner at the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

The forensic examiner recovered more than 23,000 images and more than 700 videos of child pornography from the defendant’s computers.

These images and videos depict prepubescent children engaged in sexual and sadomasochistic conduct, as well as the lewd exhibition of nudity.

This case was investigated by the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant Attorney General Thomas K. Johnstone IV of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

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