A 40-year-old Burke man has been indicted by a federal grand jury and is accused of videotaping his sexual acts with an elementary school-age girl for a period of two years — beginning when she was 6 — and then trying to destroy some of the evidence.
According to federal court records, including an April 12 federal grand jury indictment and a Fairfax County police search warrant, police arrested Jason Laposay of the 5900 block of Cove Landing Road in January after the girl’s mother contacted the Fairfax County Child Abuse Hotline.
Court records state that on Jan. 24 the girl was interviewed by Fairfax County Child Protective Services, and told them Laposay had performed sexual acts on her once per week for more than two years. She also alleged Laposay videotaped some of the episodes.
Fairfax County police executed a search warrant on Laposay’s residence on Jan. 25. Police said they recovered sex toys and six video files from a laptop that allegedly depicted Laposay engaging in sexual activity with the girl.
Police also seized an Apple iPhone, 15 media disks, two memory cards, a gaming console, several rolls of undeveloped film, a mini VHS tape, three optical disks and a laptop computer containing more than 3,000 images of child pornography, according to court records.
Court records state that prior to his arrest, Laposay allegedly smashed a Kodak Easy Share camera and “got rid” of his iPhone, preventing forensic analysis of any potential evidence from both those items.
On Thursday, Laposay was indicted on one count of producing child pornography, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison; one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison; and two counts of obstruction of justice, which each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Portions of the court documents relating to the case have been redacted, and Laposay’s relationship to the girl has not been made clear. In the April 12 indictment, however, Laposay is referred to as “being the parent, legal guardian or person having custody or control of a minor.”
Records state Laposay was known to the girl’s mother, and she confronted him about the incidents in January. According to her, he “made light of it,” records state.
Laposay remains in federal custody. Messages seeking comment from his attorney, Patrick N. Anderson, were not returned.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria, the investigation was conducted by the Fairfax County Police Department, as well as the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation Task Force and Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice.
According to PSC, since its launch, about 3,500 children depicted in child pornography images have been identified through enhanced law enforcement coordination. Last year, the department obtained more than 2,700 indictments for offenses involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.