First conviction under Va.'s new child pornography law

Ryan Macklin, of Hanover, is the first to be convicted under Va.'s new child pornography law. (Photo: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)

A man was the first defendant to be convicted under Va.'s new law requiring mandatory restitution to child pornography victims and will serve seven years in prison.

Ryan Macklin, 28, of Hanover, was arrested by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into his computer use.

Macklin used a popular website to download and distribute child pornography over the internet in a Hanover hotel. He was arrested at the hotel.

On July 1, 2011 HB 1995 became the law of the Commonwealth. The law allows prosecutors to seek mandatory restitution for child pornography victims.

In addition to his prison sentence, Macklin will have to pay $1,000 each to the two victims in the case.