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Augusta Man Faces 19 Child Porn Charges, Possible Life Sentence

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An Augusta County man allegedly caught with child pornography now faces multiple other charges - and a possible life sentence.  The Augusta Sheriff's Office filed child porn possession charges in early March against Darby Powers, 34, of Raphine.

Investigators say the suspect victimized at least one underage girl - to make his own porn. They say it started with inappropriate messages and pictures on his Twitter account,  then the suspect admitting to having downloaded 18,000 illegal images.

Powers now faces 40 additional felony charges - filed on Thursday - including the production of child pornography, and taking indecent liberties with a child.

The sheriff's office says it seized thousands of digital files -  some of them depicting children as young as age five. Investigators say many of the pictures were taken with Powers' own camera last spring and summer. Some allegedly show sexual acts between himself and a 13-year-old girl from Rockingham County.

"He met this juvenile through church and then he started texting and reaching out to this individual through the internet, through social media," said Detective Mike Roane of Augusta Sheriff's Office.

Roane says there could be other charges because the homemade images include at least one additional victim. 

There are currently 19 charges of producing child pornography in the case - each one of them carrying a minimum of five years in prison - so it's possible that Powers could get a life sentence if he is convicted.

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