ALEXANDRIA, VA—MacArthur Taylor, 36, of Dale City, Virginia, pled guilty today to producing child pornography.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Charlie T. Deane, Prince William County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the guilty plea was accepted by United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.
Taylor was identified by law enforcement after he provided his Dell Streak Tablet to an acquaintance to repair. While attempting to repair the tablet, the acquaintance saw still images of a female minor in various states of undress. A video produced by Taylor was also recovered from the tablet depicting the minor victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Law enforcement interviewed the minor victim, and she admitted to engaging in sexually explicit conduct with Taylor for the past two years.
The investigation was conducted by the Prince William County Police Department and FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation Task Force. Special Assistant United States Attorney Maureen C. Cain is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.