Virginia Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Production and Receipt of Child Sexual Abuse Material

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AMERICA NEWS NOW

A Virginia man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for the production and receipt of child pornography.

Abraham Razook, 43, of Arlington, pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography on June 30. In pleading guilty, Razook admitted to sexually exploiting a prepubescent minor on multiple occasions and producing videos of this abuse. Specifically, from June to August of 2020, Razook created a series of sexually explicit videos of the prepubescent minor, and in February 2021, he produced a more than 6-minute video depicting graphic sexual abuse.

According to court documents, Razook also amassed a large number of online images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of hundreds of other child victims. Razook began this unlawful conduct as early as 2013, and between April and September 2020, he used a specific internet-based peer-to-peer program to download thousands of videos and images of child sexual abuse.

“The Department of Justice is committed to vigorously tracking down and holding accountable people like Razook who callously prey on vulnerable children for their selfish enjoyment,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “I commend the investigators and prosecutors in this case who are responsible for putting an end to Razook’s direct abuse of one minor and his perpetuation of the harm done to so many others in the videos and images he amassed.” 

“The defendant engaged in devastating acts of sexual exploitation against a defenseless child and produced videos of her sexual abuse for his warped gratification,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia. “He escalated his conduct over the course of years, from viewing and amassing child sexual abuse material to becoming an abuser himself. For his crimes against children, the defendant will now serve a significant prison sentence where he can no longer prey on the most vulnerable members of our communities.”

“Today, Mr. Razook will begin to pay for his reprehensible actions,” said Special Agent in Charge Raymond Villanueva of the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. “This sentencing is the result of many arduous hours of work by members of HSI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It should serve as a warning to anyone who intends to victimize children; they will be held accountable.”

HSI investigated the case.

Trial Attorney Whitney Kramer of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Maya D. Song of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.