Virginia Man Gets 50 Years For Toddler Abuse

Virginia Man Gets 50 Years For Toddler Abuse

Richard Shaffer, 23, of Louisa County, Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Richard Allen Cullen on Friday of 15 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of aggravated sexual battery of a toddler to 50 years with all but 10 suspended.       

Shaffer’s internet service provider forwarded a cybertip to the  SOVA Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force “ICAC” that a computer from his resicence attempted to send an image of child pornography via e-mail.   Auth0rities  identified the image sent from Shaffer’s computer and Detective Patrick Siewert of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office seized the computer.  Detectives performed a forensic examination of the computer where they found numerous images  documenting the abuse of toddlers and prepubescent children engaged in sex acts with adult males.  The cybertip about Shaffer’s computer made it believable when a toddler disclosed sexual abuse.  

At the sentencing hearing Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Rusty McGuire argued “the ICAC investigation saved this child from a lifetime of abuse.  Without the cybertip, I am not sure others would have believed the child was actually abused.  Children under six are the most vulnerable in our system because it is difficult for adults to believe the allegations and courts to accept their testimony.  This case is a victory for our children.  While a toddler could not have testified in court we still obtained a conviction based on the work of the ICAC task force.”

 According to a 2006 study in Butner Federal Prison, North Carolina’s sex offender treatment program, over 85% of child pornography possessors admit to having child sexual abuse victims.

Mar, 07, 2011