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Former Bedford Police officer sentenced in child pornogrophy case

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BEDFORD (WSLS 10) - A former Bedford Police officer  was sentenced to five years after he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced that 55-year-old Brian Lee McAlexander, of Bedford, was sentenced in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

"It doesn't matter who you are or what you do for a living, if you're trading in this kind of illegal and horrible material we will find you and you will go to jail," said Attorney General Herring. "These crimes can stay with a child for a lifetime, which is why we've strengthened our partnerships with local law enforcement and redoubled our efforts to identify and prosecute those who engage in this horrific conduct. I appreciate the hard work of the Bedford County and Franklin County sheriffs on this case, and all the agencies working together in the SOVA ICAC to fight child exploitation."

Evidence presented in court showed that the defendant was identified through an undercover investigation by a law enforcement officer into the trading of child pornography over the Internet.

The officer found an individual sharing images containing child pornography available for other people to download.

Based on the information, officers executed a search warrant at McAlexander's home, during which they seized computer equipment.

An examination of his computer showed that he had saved and shared six videos and images of child pornography. The content depicted young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case was investigated by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office as part of the Southern Virginia ICAC Task Force. Attorney General Herring's Computer Forensic Unit conducted the computer forensic examinations for the investigation. Senior Assistant Attorney General Gene Fishel of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.