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Newport News man faces 11 child porn charges in York County (Free read)

Jeffery Hood is facing 11 counts related to the possession of child pornography. (WYDaily/Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Jeffery Hood. (WYDaily/Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

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York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office investigators and Newport News Police arrested a Newport News man Tuesday in connection with an investigation involving child pornography.

Jeffery Hood faces 11 felony possession of child pornography charges including one first-offense charge and 10 “subsequent” offense charges, according to a recent arrest report from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

The 30-year-old was arrested at his home on the 12700 block of Woodside Lane in Newport News. He is being held at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond.

Shelley Ward, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said in an email authorities received a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force in May 2017 that referenced a report of “child exploitation.”

Investigators believe Hood used messaging app, “KiK” to receive images of minors to view and then saved them to a Dropbox account.

Hood may have lived in York County at the time the offense occurred, Ward added.

Virginia recognizes a first-offense possession of child pornography charge as a Class 6 felony which warrants up to five years in prison. Subsequent offenses, like 10 of Hood’s charges, are classified as Class 5 felonies and call for up to 10 years in prison per charge.

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