Posted on January 24, 2014 at 9:14 PM
NORFOLK -- A Norfolk man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for receiving child pornography, according to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
James L. Belsha, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography on Aug. 21, 2013.
According to court documents and proceedings, Belsha was initially identified when law enforcement discovered him sharing child pornography on the Internet via a peer-to-peer file sharing computer program.
A search warrant revealed that Belsha was in possession of over 650 sexually explicit videos involving minors.
Law enforcement also discovered that Belsha had a previous conviction in 1992 for crimes against nature in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court. The 1992 conviction involved the sexual abuse of a 14 year old minor when Belsha was a Boy Scout leader.