Commonwealth v. Jeffrey Leon Seery; Pedophile Deemed “Moderate-High Risk” Receives Suspended Sentence

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that Jeffrey Leon Seery, 47 years old, previously residing in the 1000 block of Anoka Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced yesterday by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for two (2) counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  The Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines recommended Seery serve a minimum of two (2) years and a maximum of six (6) years and four (4) months in the penitentiary.  Judge Shockley imposed a ten (10) year suspended prison sentence, leaving the defendant no period of active incarceration.

The Commonwealth argued for a prison sentence of at least five (5) years for several reasons.  The pornographic images and videos Seery possessed depicted children as young as seven (7) years old. In a court-ordered psychosexual evaluation, a doctor determined that Seery qualified for the diagnosis of pedophilia and ranked a moderate-high risk to reoffend.  That rating is the second-highest risk on the scale.  The Commonwealth’s argument for a penitentiary sentence was also based on Seery’s prior criminal and sexual misconduct, as well as his admission to engaging in impulsive sexual acts with strangers and voyeurism. 

 

“Though the state sentencing guidelines sometimes call for sentences that prosecutors and judges find inadequate, in this case even the guidelines called for a minimum of two years to serve,” Bryant said.  “Child pornography exploits the children who are its victims, and endangers children who come into contact with those who find sexually explicit photos of nude children sexually titillating. My office will continue to aggressively prosecute these cases hoping to see these predators get the incarceration they deserve.”

 

Seery pleaded guilty on October 20, 2010. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on May 12, 2010, detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Special Investigations unit went online in search of individuals distributing child pornography through internet “Peer-to-Peer” networks including Limewire. Limewire software allows users to share music and other files, including child pornography, from other users on the same network.  Detectives observed an internet protocol (IP) address on the network that had over 16 child pornography images and videos available for sharing.  Further investigation revealed the name and address of the registered user, Jeffrey Seery.  When they arrived at Seery’s residence, which he shared with one other individual, he admitted to downloading child pornography.  The pornographic images and videos were available to be downloaded from his computer by anyone on the Limewire network.

 

Seery has prior convictions in Norfolk Circuit Court for Embezzlement > $200 and in Virginia Beach Circuit Court for Criminal Solicitation - Crimes against Nature.  He received a three (3) year suspended prison sentence for each of those charges.

 

Associate Commonwealth's Attorney Eleanor Gaines and Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Joseph A. DiNonno prosecuted this case. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​

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