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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00064-TSE
Judge: T. S. Ellis, III
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ( County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Alexandria, Virginia criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with production of child pornography.
Kevin Hewlett, 36, of Bluemont, was convicted by a federal jury on Oct. 8, 2020, of producing and distributing child pornography. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Hewlett was a farrier, a craftsman who trims and shoes horses’ hooves. He was hired to be the farrier to a minor girl’s horses. Hewlett began communicating with the minor regularly through text messages and social media applications. Then in August 2018, Hewlett recorded himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the minor in his bedroom. A few months later, in January 2019, Hewlett sent the minor the recording.
This case was investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task force, which is composed of FBI agents along with local, state and federal partners.
Trial Attorney Gwendelynn Bills of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Smith III of the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted the case.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 19 years in prison, followed by lifetimes supervised release with special conditions and assessed $200.00.