Former Hampton city employee sentenced for distributing child pornography

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A former City of Hampton employee was sentenced to 16 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for distributing child pornography on Thursday.

According to court documents, 36-year-old Robert Dobbins of Hampton had an account on an unidentified website that he used to post and share images containing child pornography.

An undercover, foreign law enforcement officer came across Dobbins’ account name, “DEATHLYROSE55,” on the website and began corresponding with him in September of 2017.

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Dobbins had been previously convicted of receipt and possession of child pornography in January of 2005 while he employed by the U.S. Navy.

Court documents revealed Dobbins told agents he cut and pasted photographs from Facebook of his friends’ daughters and re-posted them to his account of the unidentified website.

Dobbins was arrested and charged in November of 2017.  He pleaded guilty in February, 2018. 

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