FAIRFAX, VA — A federal jury convicted 39-year-old Christopher Sueiro of Fairfax Thursday for downloading images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children, some of whom were as young as 4. Sueiro was also convicted of using the Darknet to solicit and promote child pornography, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.
“The evidence admitted at trial demonstrated that thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse were found on the defendant’s electronic devices,” said Raj Parekh, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in a release. “The trafficking of child pornography causes incalculable and irreparable harm to society’s most vulnerable victims, which often continues long after the abuse has occurred.
Thanks to the painstaking efforts of our law enforcement partners and prosecutors on this case, the defendant has been held accountable by a jury of his peers for his heinous criminal conduct.”
Evidence presented at Sueiro’s trial showed that he had used a peer-to-peer network to download the child sexual abuse images and videos. He also belonged to a Darknet hidden service website that trafficked in sexual abuse material of preteen boys, according to court documents. While on that site, he made posts that solicited and promoted child sexual abuse images and videos.
Electronic devices owned by Sueiro contained documents that described sexual abuse of children and detailed how to find child pornography online. Over the course of four years, Sueiro had amassed a collection of thousands of child sexual abuse images and videos, according to the evidence.
Sueiro was convicted in federal court in Alexandria of the receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography, attempted receipt of child pornography, and promotion and solicitation of child pornography. He faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years for each of the charges for which he was convicted.
Sueiro is due back in court on June 16 for sentencing.
The City of Fairfax Police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations worked together to investigated this case, with help from the High Technology Investigative Unit of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.