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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Ex-Fairfax County school bus driver convicted on child porn charges

A jury has convicted a former Fairfax County school bus driver of eight counts of possession of child pornography and recommended that he serve 180 days in jail, attorneys said.

Derrick N. Smith of Herndon is not alleged to have committed any crimes involving local students, but he drove routes for a handful of Reston-area schools. They are South Lakes High School, Langston Hughes Middle School, Lake Anne Elementary School and Hunters Wood Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathan Phillips said Herndon detectives traced downloads of child pornography to a computer in his home, where they served a search warrant in September 2010.

“(Investigators) found Mr. Smith in a bedroom with his résumé on a computer and active downloads of child pornography going,” Phillips said in his opening statement.

Phillips said Smith, who lived with his teenage son, was the only one home at the time. Detectives found more than 100 child porn files on the computer, Phillips said.

Smith pleaded not guilty to the charges and his attorney, Alfred Robertson Jr., questioned whether he knew the files were on the computer.

“You are not going to see Derrick knew there was child porn on the computer,” Robertson said.

A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge is scheduled to sentence Smith on May 18.

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