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Man sentenced to 15 years for child porn possession

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Martinsville man charged with 291 counts of possession of child pornography was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with more than 1,000 years suspended, after he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Travis Lane Castle, 24, of Martinsville, was charged with 291 counts of possession of child pornography on Oct. 6, 2011, according to previous reports and Martinsville Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Don Goodman.

Castle pleaded guilty to all counts in Martinsville Circuit Court, Goodman said.

The case came to light after the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Bedford County “got some hits on his (Castle’s) IP address in the city,” Goodman said.

IP stands for Internet Protocol. An IP address is a numerical label assigned to electronic devices such as computers.

That information was forwarded to the Martinsville Police Department, where officers and task force members executed a search warrant, Goodman said.

Three computers were seized from Castle’s home in Martinsville, the prosecutor said.

The contents of the computers were analyzed by Bedford County officials, who determined that all three computers were “loaded with child pornography,” Goodman said.

In entering his plea, Castle said the computers were his but denied knowing what was on them, Goodman said.

Judge Carter Greer sentenced Castle to a total of 15 years in prison with more than 1,000 years suspended, Goodman said.

Castle, who had been on house arrest pending his trial, was taken into custody Tuesday, Goodman said. When he is released from prison, Castle will be on probation indefinitely, Goodman added.


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