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Man with Copyrights on Homemade Child Porn Facing Charges

A man has been suspected of making pornographic videos with a young child when authorities linked him to footage they discovered online, each bearing a copyright and an online screen name.

During an investigation in an attempt to locate people sharing child pornography online Interpol and the Department of Homeland Security’s Boston office and apprehended a suspect. During a search of his home they located a portable storage device and upon searching the contents they found 17 pictures of what appeared to be a man sexually engaged with a 2-year-old boy. Each image was marked with a copyright and an internet username. The images were additionally posted online.

Investigators contacted Cox Communications, an internet service provider, and were able to trace the location of the person listed as the owner of the usernames on the images.

A sergeant with the Portsmouth Police Department used the ruse of searching for a missing person to interview the man at the address, who was identified as 22-year-old Dashawn Webster. Webster was babysitting during the time that he took part in the interview.

Webster was taken into custody on May 18 for investigations led by both agencies. When speaking with the police he allegedly admitted that he made the child porn and attaching the watermarks in 2016. He is being held without bail at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

When Webster appeared in court he waived both of his scheduled hearings. His defense attorney has declined to issue a statement regarding the case.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a sex crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.