Newport News man pleads guilty, faces 10 years in child sex abuse case

Newport News man pleads guilty, faces 10 years in child sex abuse case

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A Newport News man pleaded guilty Monday to persuading a child to engage in unlawful sexual activity and distributing child sexual abuse material.

Timothy Desain, Jr. 40, distributed material on a social media platform, according to court documents. The National Center for Missing and Expl.oited Children received a CyberTip from the social media platform on Oct 26, 2021, and forwarded the tip to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, who forwarded the tip to the FBI.

A federal search warrant issued for Desain’s home and electronic devices yielded containers of marijuana, scales, Garda deposit bags and three firearms.

The investigation uncovered that Desain exploited a minor. He admitted to embezzling approximately $35,000 from Garda.

Desain pleaded guilty to charges of coercion and enticement of a child and distribution of child pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3, 2023, and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.