This Virginia Beach man shared child porn using peer-to-peer software

William David Acuff Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office)
William David Acuff Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 49-year-old local man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of possession of child pornography (1st and 2nd offense) and two counts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute, transmit.

According to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, William David Acuff was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve.

Prosecutors said “during the months prior to April 2018” Virginia Beach Police computer crimes detectives received information that a certain IP address was using peer-to-peer software to download and exchange images and videos containing child pornography.

Detectives received information that Acuff of Charter Oak Road was the subscriber using that IP address.

“Detectives received downloads of child pornography files during their investigation, and surveillance was conducted on the residence,” according to a news release from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

On April 11, 2018, detectives searched Acuff’s home and found — and seized — computers, hard drives, and thumb drives. They later found the thumb drives contained child porn.

Acuff confessed, prosecutors said.

Acuff’s prior record includes a conviction for assault and battery of a family member.

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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.