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Man will serve 6 months for possession of child porn
John Armijo must continue counseling, stay away from minors
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John David Armijo

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Hardy man will serve six months of a 20-year sentence for possession of child pornography.

John David Armijo, 48, pleaded guilty in October 2013 to 10 counts of knowingly possessing sexually explicit visual material, having as the subject a person less than 18 years of age.

Armijo was initially indicted on 50 counts of child porn possession, but 40 of the charges were dismissed through a plea agreement.

Armijo was also sentenced to four years probation and ordered to be of good behavior for 20 years, according to prosecutor Dwight Rudd. He was ordered to continue sex offender counseling and allow the probation office access to his treatment records.

Armijo is prohibited from having access to the internet, and law enforcement will have access to any computers in his home, Rudd said.

He is also prohibited from having unsupervised contact with minors, except for family members.

Armijo has no prior criminal record and has an "exemplary" work history, Rudd said. His psychosexual evaluation concluded that Armijo is a low risk for repeating the behavior.

Armijo's downloads garnered the attention of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in 2011, according to task force member Sandra Ingram.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Armijo's residence on May 11, 2011, and seized 22 items, including a computer and an Xbox, Rudd said.

The evidence was sent to the state police forensic lab in Richmond, then sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Rudd said.

Over 600 images were found on the computer's hard drive, Rudd added, 50 of which were identified as children located inside the United States. The other images were of children from all over the world, including Germany and Russia.

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