Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ethan Andrew Wagner Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn


A Mount Crawford man accused of downloading child pornography pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Ethan Andrew Wagner, 20, of Scotts Ford Road, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of child pornography.

As part of a plea agreement, Judge James Lane handed Wagner a three-year suspended sentence and three years of supervised probation.

The investigation into Wagner started on Nov. 21 when a friend of his brought Wagner's computer to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.

The friend said that while using the computer he had come across videos of children having sex with adults, prosecutors said.

The friend told investigators that Wagner came over to his Penn Laird home with the computer the night before to play video games, according to court records.

After playing for a few hours, they left for the evening and Wagner made arrangements to pick the computer up at a later time.

The following day, the friend said he began to use the computer to play video games and check to see what music and videos Wagner had downloaded, according to court records.

While browsing through videos, the friend found a partially downloaded video that had a sexually explicit title that implied that child actors were involved. In one video, it appeared that a girl of about 7 years old was engaged in lewd act with an adult.

In court Tuesday, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Miller told the judge that Wagner confessed during a police interview.

"He said he was just curious, it aroused him and that he was embarrassed by it," Miller said.

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