Lovettsville Man Guilty on 84 Child Porn Charges

Following two days of testimony in Loudoun County Circuit Court, a jury on Wednesday found a Lovettsville man guilty of 84 counts of possessing child pornography.

David E. Goldman, 35, was initially arrested in 2017 on five felony counts of possession of child pornography as part of a regional operation conducted to target internet predators. He was among five Loudoun men charged in that round up. Prosecutors dropped the case at the District Court level.

Last May, Goldman filed a civil lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office and its two public information officers alleging defamation and seeking $1.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages for circulating a press release about his arrest.

Following the District Court action, investigators continued their review of computer and phone files allegedly belonging to Goldman and that additional evidence was presented to the grand jury in July, resulting in the direct indictments.

Goldman’s civil lawsuit was dismissed in November.

This week the jury found Goldman guilty of one count of possession of child pornography and 83 counts of possession of child pornography second or subsequent offense. Jurors recommended a sentence of 12 months in jail for the first count and 20 days for each of the other counts, about 5 1/2 years in total. The date for the formal sentencing hearing is yet to be set.

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