City man will serve four years in prison in child pornography case

Posted: January 12, 2013

The Winchester Star

Daniel Edward Chrisman

WINCHESTER — A city man who had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of possession of child pornography will serve four years in prison.

Daniel Edward Chrisman, 53, of the 400 block of Gray Avenue appeared for sentencing Friday in Winchester Circuit Court with attorney James P. Bohnaker.

Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. — who accepted Chrisman’s guilty pleas to the 11 charges in late November — sentenced him to 10 years in prison, with six years suspended.

Chrisman also must serve five years of supervised probation after his release and must register as a sex offender.

Five additional possession of child pornography charges against Chrisman were not prosecuted.

The charges he pleaded guilty to stem from a Nov. 8, 2011, incident in which his neighbor found pornography after borrowing Chrisman’s computer external hard drive, city Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Marc Abrams previously told the court.

Abrams said that when he found the material, Chrisman’s neighbor took the hard drive to the police.

Officers carried out a search warrant at Chrisman’s home and confiscated two computers and some storage devices, in which they found hundreds of images of child pornography.

Abrams said Chrisman acknowledged that the porn belonged to him, adding that most of the images showed identifiable minors of different ages performing sex acts.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com