Virginia man pleads guilty to sending child pornography to undercover agent in Maine

Posted Dec. 21, 2013, at 5:41 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Virginia man who used the term “tomcatwantsyou” in the email address he used to share child pornography with an undercover agent in Maine pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to one count of transportation of child pornography.

Stewart Thornton Reed Jr., 49, of Fredericksburg, Va., has been held without bail since he was arrested Oct. 17 in his home state.

A sentencing date has not been set.

By pleading guilty, Reed admitted to 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.

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 Reed was camping in a tent along the Massaponax Creek south of Fredericksburg, Va. Reed was arrested Oct. 17. 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.

He 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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