This Virginia Beach man had thousands of kiddie porn videos and photos

VIRGINIA BEACH — A local man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison and 20 years of supervised release for receipt, transportation, and possession of images of child sexual abuse.

According to court documents, Robert Michael Fall, 42, possessed thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse at the time of his arrest, and had been collecting the images for at least a decade.

A search warrant and forensic investigation revealed that Fall had at least two laptops, numerous DVDs, and a Dropbox account containing illicit images and videos, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He also used “fake email accounts to try to hide his digital tracks,” federal prosecutors said.

Evidence at trial indicated Fall’s Dropbox account alone contained more than 320 images and more than 2,900 videos of child sexual abuse.

Virginia Beach Police first became aware of Fall’s illicit activities when a relative reported finding a laptop in Fall’s bedroom with images of apparent child sexual abuse.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.