Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Former Beach auto-shop owner gets 13 years for child-porn possession


The former owner of a Virginia Beach auto repair shop was sentenced this morning to 13 years in prison for illegally possessing child pornography and firearms.

John P. Wiegand Jr., 49, previously pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to having child pornography on his computers at home. Federal agents initially traced an attempted purchase of child pornography to a computer and at his business, Accu-Tune-n-Lube on Lynnhaven Parkway. A judge Monday also sentenced Wiegand to 10 years of probation.

Federal agents investigating the case discovered that Wiegand used his credit cards to purchase the child pornography between 2003 and 2006, according to court records in the case. The agents found 1,400 child porn images on his computers.

When the agents searched Wiegand’s home, they also found a 9mm handgun and a rifle. Wiegand has felony drug convictions which prohibit him from possessing firearms.

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