An Alexandria, Virginia, man was sentenced today to nine years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for receipt of child pornography.
Edward Thomas Parsons, 64, a former physical security specialist with the Department of Defense, pleaded guilty on Sept. 12, 2018 before Senior U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia to receipt of child pornography.
According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, Parsons and his co-defendant, Bradley Robert Segert, administered an online group chat on Kik Messenger, a mobile messaging application, dedicated to soliciting child pornography from other Kik users. Between January 2015 and August 2015, Parsons received and distributed images and videos of child pornography from this Kik group chat. In addition, through the course of its investigation, law enforcement seized Parsons’s personal desktop computer and cell phone and found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on the devices.
FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force is investigating the case.