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VA: Shipyard superintendent, porn convict, seeks online access at work

[dailypress.com – 6/16/20]

A superintendent at a local shipyard wants access to the internet at work despite being convicted of a child pornography charge 12 years ago.

Willoughby Warren “Billy” Colonna IV, of Colonna’s shipyard in Norfolk, is asking that his prison release terms be amended to allow him to use the internet at his family’s Norfolk ship repair business.

The Virginian-Pilot reported in 2008 that Colonna, now 40, is the grandson of the shipyard’s owner and an heir apparent at the company.
“His responsibilities are limited because of the computer restriction,” said a motion filed by his lawyer, Trey Kelleter. “He is unable to meet job demands needed to run a full project on his own and instead must depend on other superintendents and assistants to do his job.”

Prosecutors oppose the request, saying it’s too risky to allow someone convicted on a child pornography charge to get “unfettered and unmonitored Internet access for hours each day at his family’s shipyard.”

“The defendant’s original offense was highly computer and Internet dependent, as he established a server in order to exchange hundreds of videos of child pornography with other users,” the U.S. attorney’s office wrote in a court filing. Strong internet restrictions in such cases, they say, are “standard practice.”

Senior U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar heard oral arguments from both sides Monday but has not yet ruled.

 

 

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  1. G4Change

    Weren’t internet restrictions ruled unconstitutional in another state not too long ago?

    • Bill

      @G4Change

      His case was in 2006, years before banned internet use was ruled unconstitutional. But how can this still be enforced?

      The nerve of the U.S. Attorney to say it’s still “standard practice”. Slavery was once “standard practice”…

    • Jax

      The North Carolina decision doesn’t apply to offenders on supervision. Sounds like this guy is still on parole if they’re talking about “prison release terms.

      • Dustin

        Blanket restrictions have been ruled unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court recently, the case specifically addressing internet bans. Fact is, modern life without internet access is simply impossible.

        • Jackson

          Not when your on parole. I’m right next door to Illinois. I’m under internet restriction as well as everyone else in WI under supervision for an online “child sex crime.” Now agents sometimes give leeway and allow you to purhase monitoring software or use a computer at work, but if you violate some rules, the DOC can ban you completely from the internet. Even before a conviction at the arraignment, in cp cases, judges often prohibit internet use as a condition of bail.

  2. Jeff

    what is this guy STILL on parole or something ?? evil government !

  3. Doc Martin

    If one reads the whole article, this guy got 10 years of supervised release. He was released in 2016, so he’ll be off parole in 2026. The real tragedy of the story is that originally he received 17 years. I don’t care how many videos he had on his computer. 17 years, even his plea of 10 years is unconsciousnable for a non violent cyber offense. Just another reason why these cp laws need overhauling.

  4. Joe123

    There is a menace to society that violently assaulted a 92-Year Old woman in NY this week. He’s had 100 arrests and was let out each time.

    And here you have a guy on the internet that did something with digital files that is inappropriate and is arguably psychological abuse.

    Everyone should rebel against this IDIOTIC GOVERNMENT if this is how God Damn backwards the United States Laws have become.

    The Borderline Murderer walks around with a slap on the wrist because the US doesn’t give a Damn about violence, and someone who shared images they weren’t supposed to cannot get access to a computer for work. Disgusting DISGUSTING POLITICIANS AND LAW MAKERS IN THIS COUNTRY. I hope everyone responsible for these laws is convicted of crimes and sentenced to long Prison terms, starting with RON BOOK.

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