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BY PORTSIA SMITH
A Louisa County sex offender faces up to 15 years in prison.
Joseph C. Emanuele, 54, was convicted in Louisa County Circuit Court on Monday of two counts of failing to register as a sex offender and four counts of reproducing child pornography.
Emanuele, who was released from prison in 2003 after serving a sentence for a sex offense against a child, had earlier been convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Albemarle County in 2010.
According to Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire, members of the Louisa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrived at his residence to investigate his failure to register as a sex offender. They searched his computer and found child pornography going back several years.
As early as 2005, less than two years from his release from prison, and up until his recent arrest in July, McGuire said Emanuele continued to possess and reproduce child pornography.
McGuire said Emanuele was convicted of violating his probation in the past, and three times failed to register as a sex offender.
Emanuele will be sentenced on March 6.
His arrest and conviction, McGuire said, were the result of cooperation between the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Louisa County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, the Albemarle County and Charlottesville police departments, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Louisa County commonwealth's attorney's office.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419