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Dawson pleads guilty to child porn charges

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Dugspur man faces six years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervision for possessing child pornography.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ROANOKE — A Dugspur man has pleaded guilty to a federal indictment of possession of child pornography, according to U.S. District Court records.
Ronald Alexander Dawson, 27, entered his guilty plea before Judge Glen Conrad in Roanoke Monday.
The indictment charged that on July 8, 2009, Dawson "did knowingly receive or attempt to receive child pornography or material that contained child pornography... that had been mailed," according to court documents.


The maximum penalty that Dawson could face includes a fine of $250,000 and a prison term of up to 20 years, according to his plea agreement. There is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.
Plus, there's a minimum of five years of supervised release, but the court papers note that his supervised release may continue for the rest of his life.
The plea agreement contains language that indicates that Dawson will receive a sentence of six years in prison followed by 25 years of supervised release.
The agreement also includes several special conditions set for Dawson.
"I agree to abandon my computers and other material that has been seized... with such material specifically including the $300 I used to purchase the child pornography," the agreement states.
Prosecutors will recommend that Dawson be incarcerated at Butner Federal Prison or another facility "with comprehensive psychological services," the court papers say.
Under supervised release, 15 special conditions will apply to Dawson, including that he is not be in contact with children under age 18; that he not live or loiter within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, shopping malls, daycares and other places children are found; that he stay away from all sexually oriented businesses, nor can he call any sex phone services.
Dawson will  have to register as a sex offender.
His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17.