Former Chesapeake Bible school teacher sentenced to 12 years for child porn

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Gerald Lee Porter, a former Bible school teacher, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for child pornography on his computer.

Porter, a 70-year-old man faced federal charges after the Chesapeake Police Department, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI all conducted separate investigations.

On top of serving 144 months in prion, Porter is expected to pay $50,000 in fines.

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Porter was indicted for his possession of child pornography on June 13. 

Detective Gainer with he police department were able to catch Porter while monitoring a Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing network. The detectives were able to confirm the IP address involved in the sharing of images and videos belonged to Porter.

On May 9, a search warrant was executed at Porter's home and Porter was interviewed by Gainer and an agent with Homeland Security Investigations.

Gainer stated in court documents that Porter admitted he had an external hard drive that he got from a "coworker" about two years ago that contained child pornography. Porter noticed the pornography and said the he wanted to delete it on several occasions but did not.

Among the pornographic videos found on Porter's hard drive was one showing a girl who was approximately 7 years old and naked from the waist down. The girl was on her back, and a man had his genitalia on her. The court documents note the file was saved to the hard drive on January 12, 2017.

A video found in second folder showed another young girl performing sexual acts upon herself.

Porter was a longtime member of River Oak Church in Great Bridge where he volunteered as a Bible school teacher working with children from kindergarten to fifth grade.

The pastor of the church told 13News Now that Porter most recently taught fifth graders on the weekend. He added the church never received a complaint about Porter.

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