Internet Safety Warning - Don't Unintentionally Be Part of the Crime!

Monday, February 05, 2018

​The Virginia Beach Police Department has received numerous calls recently regarding a video being disseminated on Facebook Messenger depicting child pornography between a young black female and an adult black male. This video is being widely disseminated across the country and Virginia Beach Police Special Victims Unit has been in contact with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Internet Crimes Against Children, and learned they are actively investigating the viral video which originated in Alabama. The video subject line requests users to view the video to "help identify" the people in the video. Virginia Beach Police are warning citizens to refrain from opening video links from any unknown senders, and to immediately delete the message and video. All law enforcement agencies involved in this case have acquired all the necessary evidence and information needed to further their investigation, so there is nothing further for citizens to do at this point but to stop the dissemination by deleting the message. Virginia Beach Police understand that citizens have been forwarding the video to officers or other agencies in an effort to help with the investigation, however, the department wishes to remind citizens that keeping or forwarding the video constitutes Possession and Dissemination of Child Pornography which is a Class 6 Felony in Virginia. The Virginia Beach Police Department appreciates the calls from citizens and wants to assure the public that the situation is being aggressively investigated. 

MPO Linda Kuehn

Virginia Beach Police

Public Affairs Officer​