NEWPORT NEWS- Arepeat sex offender will spend 336 months (28 years) in jail after he was found with more than 40,000 images of child pornography on his computer and thumb drives. 52-year-old Gregory Tropea was sentenced on Tuesday by a federal judge in Newport News.
Last May, police seized the computer and thumb drives from Tropea's hotel room at the Host Inn in Newport News.Tropea had been living there but had been reported missing. While investigating the missing persons case, they found the computer and thumb drives. Tropea was on supervised release for a previous conviction including child pornography and was barred from owning a computer. He was later located at a local jail.
Tropea pleaded guilty to three counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of making a false statement to a federal agent last November.
Tropea will be on a lifetime of supervised release after his sentence is up.