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Pedophile faces 100 years in prison
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
May 13, 2014, 13:37


A jury recommended a 100-year prison sentence after it convicted a Hopewell man of sex offenses on Tuesday in Hopewell Circuit Court. 

Edward Marcano was found guilty by the jury carnal knowledge of a child, aggravated sexual battery and other sex crimes. In addition to the 100-year prison sentence, the jury also recommended a $100,000 fine. 

Marcano will be formally sentenced in Hopewell Circuit Court on July 9. 

In the day following the trial in Hopewell, the Office of the Attorney General, Mark Herring, released information on several cases, with returned convictions, on internet crimes against children. Of the 10 cases listed, three cases were tried locally, from Chesterfield and Prince George counties. 

In Prince George Country on April 10, Ralph Steffey pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution of child pornography and four counts of possession of child pornography. Steffey was sentenced to an active sentence of six years, with 14 years suspended. In addition, he must serve five years probation and must register as a sex offender. The Virginia State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation completed the investigation. In February of last year, undercover agents discovered Steffey was exchanging child pornography using a “peer-to-peer network.” 

David Haston pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and seven counts of possession of pornography, second or subsequent offense on April 7 in Chesterfield County. An undercover officer downloaded several child pornography photos from a computer located at Haston’s residence in April 2012. The case was investigated by the Richmond Police Department, part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Haston will formally be sentenced on July 29 in Chesterfield Court. 

On March 27, Devin Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of child pornography and was sentenced to five years, with 10 years suspended. Johnson will have to serve four years of probation and has to register as a sex offender. Undercover agents, with the Richmond Police Department, part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, initially came across Johnson sharing child pornography videos using a “peer-to-peer network.” When the agents followed leads and met with Johnson, he surrendered his computer equipment which turned up file sharing software and images of child pornography, after a forensic exam was completed. 

The other cases were in Richmond, Henrico County, Greene County and Accomack County.

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