Commonwealth v. William David Acuff; 10 Years to Serve for Child Porn

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that William David Acuff, 49 years old, of the 3000 block of Charter Oak Road in Virginia Beach, pled guilty and was sentenced today for charges of Possess Child Pornography – 1st Offense, Possess Child Pornography – 2nd Offense, and Possess Child Pornography with the Intent to Distribute, Transmit, etc. (2 counts).  Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw sentenced Acuff to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve.

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that during the months prior to April 2018 it came to the attention of computer crimes detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department that a certain IP address was using peer-to-peer software to download and exchange images and videos containing child pornography. 

Using administrative subpoenas, detectives obtained subscriber information and were able to determine that William David Acuff of Charter Oak Road was the subscriber using that IP address.

Detectives received downloads of child pornography files during their investigation, and surveillance was conducted on the residence.  As a result, on April 11, 2018 a search warrant was executed at the residence.  Computers, hard drives, and thumb drives were seized and later found to contain child pornography.  Acuff fully confessed.

Acuff's prior record includes a conviction for of Assault and Battery of a Family Member.

​Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney David W. Laird prosecuted this case.  Please contact Amanda Herman or Kristi Hopkins if additional information is desired.

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