Local man indicted on child pornography charges
On May 1, 2013 Arnold Wayne Whitworth, 33, of Locust Hill, pled guilty to possession of firearms by a convicted felon, reported Lt. M.E. Sampson of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
These charges and others stemmed from the execution of a search warrant in reference to the production of child pornography. On December 13, 2012 Middlesex Detective C.B. Sibley and a Patrick County investigator searched Whitworth’s residence, which is located on General Puller Highway in the Locust Hill area. In Whitworth’s bedroom was a black duffle bag containing ammunition, handcuffs and a large knife. A semi-automatic pistol was recovered in Whitworth’s vehicle. In Whitworth’s bedroom three additional firearms were recovered, including another semi-automatic pistol, a shotgun and a 30-caliber M-1 carbine. Whitworth will be sentenced on July 17.
On May 28, 2013 Whitworth was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury (see court report on page A3) on 30 counts of possession of child pornography. These charges stem from evidence recovered at his home during the December 13 search warrant. His first court appearance on these indictments was held June 5.
Whitworth is also being investigated for alleged sex crimes by the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, said Sampson.
Earlier this year Sheriff David Bushey re-joined the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office administers the Department of Justice ICAC grant and provides training to members of the task force.