Man Arrested After Computer Virus Sends Him to Police Station

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013  |  Updated 8:24 PM EDT
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Officers say a Woodbridge man showed up at a police station and asked if he was under investigation for child pornography. He's now behind bars, charged with possessing child porn. News4's Pat Collins explains how a computer virus led to his arrest.

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Officers say a Woodbridge man showed up at a police station and asked if he was under investigation for child pornography. He's now behind bars, charged with possessing child porn. News4's Pat Collins explains how a computer virus led to his arrest.

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A computer virus posing as a message from the FBI led to the arrest of a Woodbridge man who was allegedly watching child pornography.

Jay Matthew Riley, 21, came to the Prince William County Police Department's Garfield District Station on July 1 to ask if he had any warrant on file for child pornography. According to police, Riley said he received a message from the FBI while he was watching child pornography, instructing him to pay a fine or become the subject of a police investigation.

Riley gave his computer to detectives, and following a search, several messages and photos of underage girls were found, police said. One of the girls was identified as a 13-year-old from Minnesota.

Additional computers and electronic devices were taken from the suspect's home during a search. He was arrested Tuesday following a police investigation. Riley has been charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, one count of using a communication device to solicit certain offenses involving children and one count of indecent liberties with a minor.

He is being held without bond.

Investigators add the message Riley believed was from the FBI was determined to be a computer virus and not legitimate.

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