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A former Portsmouth policeman faces new federal child pornography charges in addition to related state charges, with a plea agreement hearing set for later this month in U.S. District Court.

Paul Alonzo Ewing, 38, was arrested in September and charged with rape after a 17-year-old girl complained that he forced her to have sex with him and took explicit photos of her several times in the previous year, court records showed. Police seized from his home cell phones, computers and computer equipment, guns and knives, according to the records.

In December, a Portsmouth grand jury indicted Ewing on five counts each of taking indecent liberties by sexually abusing a minor while in a custodial or supervisory relationship, and of participating in the production of child pornography, all between April 2006 and September 2008.

On Friday, federal prosecutors charged Ewing with three counts of possessing child pornography on computers or electronic storage devices. A plea agreement hearing on those charges is scheduled for June 29, said Deanna Warren of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Norfolk.

Prosecution of the state indictments is on hold until after disposition of the federal charges, said Amanda Herman of the Virginia Beach commonwealth's attorney's office. Senior Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Griffith from that office was appointed special prosecutor for the state charges. Prosecution of the original rape charge was dropped in December at a preliminary hearing in Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Herman said.

Jason Dunn, a Chesapeake attorney representing Ewing, declined to comment Tuesday on either set of charges, other than to say he was hopeful they could be resolved.

Ewing resigned in October shortly after his arrest. He was a former sheriff's deputy and four-year police veteran who won a lifesaving award in 2007.

Added: Jun-16-2009 Occurred On: Jun-15-2009
By: SexOffenderIssues
Tags: sex, sexual, offender, issues, sex offender, sexual offender, police, child porn, virginia,
Location: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States (load item map)
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