Crime & Courts

Two Charlotte men sentenced for child porn possession

A 28-year-old Charlotte man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 12 years in prison for receiving child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland announced. Justin Vang also will have to register as a sex offender and be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney described the videos Vang pleaded guilty to possessing as “heinous,” prosecutors said.

“The victims of child pornography are not just victimized one time, they are victimized hundreds and thousands of times,” Whitney said.

Prosecutors said a forensic investigation of Vang’s computer showed 20 videos of child sex abuse, including some with children younger than 12.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. sentenced Byron Hess IV, 48, of Charlotte, to 5 years in prison for possessing child pornography, prosecutors said. Hess accessed pornography that showed prepubescent minors in February 2014, according to prosecutors.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated both cases.

Sam Hardiman