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Man faces child porn charges

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Fries man charged after undercover online investigation.

By Staff Reports

FRIES — A Fries man has been arrested in connection with an undercover Internet operation involving child pornography.
According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, on June 12, 2012, Grayson Investigator D.B. Carner, a member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC) Task Force, conducted an investigation that revealed a computer in Fries was offering to participate in the distribution of known or suspected files of child pornography through public peer-to-peer file sharing programs on the internet.  

Vaughan said an Internet Protocol (IP) address was isolated, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Douglas Vaught sent an administrative subpoena to Comcast Cable, the Internet service provider. Comcast Cable responded to the subpoena and reported the subscriber of the IP address resided at 127 West Main Street in Fries.
Based on the files offered for sharing and the other facts, Carner presented evidence at a probable cause hearing and a search warrant was issued for David Dixon’s residence in Fries. The home was searched on Nov. 14, 2012, and computer evidence was seized.
The computer evidence was submitted to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crime Division for forensic analysis.  In August 2013, the forensic examination was completed, and it was concluded that child pornography was intentionally downloaded to Dixon’s computer.
In October, Carner testified before the grand jury of Grayson County and three indictments for possession of child pornography were issued against Dixon. The indictments were sealed until he could be arrested.
Dixon was arrested Nov. 1, 2013, and placed in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin on a $2,500 secured bond.