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McLean man charged in child porn case

Fairfax County police said their search for a 15-year-old runaway girl has led to the arrest of a McLean man on child pornography charges.

The suspect, Joshua Gessler, 41, of the 1300 block of Nina Court, allegedly had contact with the Centreville girl "through a series of online interactions," police said in a statement.

Gessler. (Fairfax Police)

They alleged that Gessler met with the girl in person and took sexually graphic photos of her, which he then transmitted electronically.

Gessler, arrested Aug. 9, was charged with five counts of possessing child pornography and one count of producing it, police said Tuesday. The investigation began in May.

Police asked anyone with further information about the case to contact Fairfax police at 866-411-8477 or 703-691-2131, by e-mail at, or by texting TIP187,” including "CRIMES/274637" with the message.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 24, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Paul Duggan , Sex Crimes  
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Typical,keep it moving no surprises here

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | August 24, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

What is it about the men in Virginia and children. We're talkin about CHILDREN dude.
The law needs to lock him up and melt the key.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | August 24, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

actually Hlynchmaster, we are not talking about children, we are talking about a 15 year old adolescent.
While the girl is indeed a minor and should not be involved in pornographic images, by all medical standards she could infact be physically a woman.

This sounds more like a case of UNDER AGE porn and not child porn.

I am opposed to the use of minors in the production of any and all pornograpy, but I also think its important to make a distinction between Underaged Porn and Child Porn.
An older teen being used in porn is bad, but a child of 7 would be a far greater crime to me.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 24, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Typical type for this sort of crime.

I'll bet he has a wife and kids - and a clearance.

(checkered1, where are you?)

Posted by: ceefer66 | August 24, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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