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Man seeks internet access at work despite child porn charge

June 17, 2020 GMT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The superintendent at a Virginia shipyard is trying to get a judge’s permission to use the internet at work even though he was convicted of sharing videos of child pornography online.

The Daily Press reported Tuesday that Willoughby Warren “Billy” Colonna IV was convicted 12 years ago.

The 40-year-old now works at Colonna’s shipyard in Norfolk and is the grandson of the owner and an heir apparent at the company.

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“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,” according to a motion filed by his lawyer, Trey Kelleter.

Prosecutors oppose Colonna’s request. They say it’s too risky to allow a child pornography convict to get “unfettered and unmonitored Internet access.”

A federal judge has heard arguments from both sides on the matter but has not yet ruled.

Colonna pleaded guilty in a plea bargain to one child pornography count of advertising four videos depicting girls in sex acts. He was released from prison in 2016. A judge sharply restricted his internet use for 10 years.

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