The individual, who was already on probation for a previous child pornography conviction, used a computer at the Virginia Employment Commission to download anime-child pornography and digital photographs of real children engaged in sexually explicit acts.
His conviction found him guilty of numerous charges related to both the "virtual" child pornography and the real child pornography.
Whorley was convicted under a new federal statute enacted in 2003 that criminalizes the production, distribution, or receipt of, or the possession with intent to distribute obscene drawings, cartoons, sculptures, paintings or any other obscene visual representation of the sexual abuse of children.
Whorley's conviction for receiving cartoons is the first conviction under the statute that was not based on actual photographs of children.
The jury also convicted Whorley of receiving 14 digital photographs of real children engaging in sexually explicit conduct and of sending and receiving 20 obscene E-mails which graphically described, among other things, parents sexually molesting their own children.
At the time of his arrest in this case, Whorley was a registered sex offender who was convicted in March 1999, on a federal charge of receiving child pornography and was sentenced to 46 months' incarceration.
In January 2003, after serving that sentence and while on supervised release for his earlier conviction, Whorley was re-arrested for violating the conditions of his probation.
Whorley subsequently pled guilty to violating the conditions of his release and was sentenced to an additional 12 months of incarceration to be followed by 12 months of supervision by the United States Probation Office.
He was arrested on the present charges on April 5, 2005-just three months after being released from incarceration-when United States Probation Officers learned that Whorley had received child pornography by using a computer at the VEC.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sara E. King, Deputy Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) at the Department of Justice. Officer: Dude, I GOTTA show this to the fellas at the office. ----------2 days later--------- Convicted: MY NEW PORN!!!
The case was investigated by a Special Agent of the FBI and James M. I'm not into it, but the reason REAL child porn is illegal is because children are supposed to be innocent, and it degrades the child.