Virginia man accused of sharing child porn with undercover agent in Maine pleads not guilty

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, at 1:58 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Virginia man who allegedly used the term tomcatwantsyou in the email address he used to share child pornography with an undercover agent was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Stewart Thornton Reed, Jr., 49, of Fredericksburg, Va., pleaded not guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography.

Reed agreed to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case.

A trial date has not been set, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system.

Reed was arrested Oct. 17 in his home state after allegedly sending sexually explicit photographs of a girl between 2 and 3 years old to Special Agent David C. Fife of Homeland Security Investigations in September, according to court documents. Fife was working undercover in Maine when he allegedly received child pornography from Reed, according to court documents.

In response to a question from the agent, Reed identified the girl as a 2-year-old relative, Fife wrote in an affidavit seeking a search warrant for Reed’s Gmail account. In reviewing Reed’s online activity, the agent found the defendant had shared with others the same photograph he’d shared with Fife, court documents said.

By reading Reed’s emails, the agent determined that he was camping in a tent along the Massaponax Creek south of Fredericksburg, Va. Reed was arrested on Oct. 17 in Virginia. Information about when he was returned to Maine by U.S. marshals was not available Tuesday on the federal court’s electronic case filing system.

Reed has a criminal history in Virginia, South Carolina and Texas, according to court documents. The crimes he has been convicted of are not listed.

If convicted, Reed faces between five and 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He would be required to register as a sex offender.

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