‘FBI Warning’ virus leads to Woodbridge man’s arrest

A Woodbridge man faces child pornography charges after he received an “FBI Warning” message on his computer and brought it to police.
Jay Matthew Riley went to the Garfield station July 1 asking if he had warrants on file for child pornography after he said an “FBI Warning” message on his computer said he needed to pay a fine or a criminal investigation would begin, Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said.
Riley “voluntarily brought his computer to the station and, following a search, several inappropriate messages and photos of underage girls were recovered,” Perok said.
After detectives identified one of the girls as a 13-year-old from Minnesota, officers served a search warrant at Riley’s home and took computers and other electronics, according to Perok.
Riley, 21, of 2806 Woodmark Dr. #201, was arrested July 23 and 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 was held without bond, and his next court date was not available.
The original “FBI Warning” message was a virus and not legitimate, Perok said.
Riley’s is the third arrest this month by Prince William police in cases where juveniles sent inappropriate photos or messages to adults, Perok said.
Police urge parents to monitor childrens’ internet use and can get safety tips from the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes against Children website.

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