RICHMOND, Va. — A New Zealand man was sentenced today to 21 years in prison for producing child pornography.
According to court documents, between February and March 2018, 28-year-old Troy George Skinner interacted with an underage child online and used the child to produce numerous child pornography videos and image files.
According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, on June 20, 2018, Skinner left Auckland, New Zealand en route to Virginia. On June 22, 2018, Skinner visited the victim’s home in Goochland, the location of which he learned from his online conversations with the underage victim. Upon arriving at the victim’s home in Goochland, the accused approached the house and attempted to speak to family members inside. Skinner threw a cobblestone through the glass of the house’s kitchen door and attempted to enter. After several verbal warnings, the victim’s mother pulled a handgun to prevent Skinner from entering the house, hitting him once in the neck. Skinner fled the house but collapsed in a neighbor’s yard, where he was apprehended by members of the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office.
According to additional court documents submitted by the government, a search of the scene of Skinner’s personal effects revealed duct tape, pepper spray and a folding pocket knife. Authorities also seized two cell phones from Skinner, which investigators believe later contained child pornography images depicting the underage victim. US authorities have also sent a request for mutual legal assistance to New Zealand government officials. New Zealand investigators executed a search warrant at the accused’s apartment in New Zealand and conducted a forensic examination of the accused’s laptop, then provided US investigators with a key USB containing 120 video files and 56 images representing the minor victim.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement following sentencing by U.S. District Judge Hannah Lauck.
The Goochland County Sheriff’s Office provided significant assistance in this case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian R. Hood and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Lee Martin prosecuted the case.
A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Court documents and related information can be found on the website of the district court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER looking for case #3:19-cr-19.