NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man who owns a video camera installation company appeared in court Thursday on a production of child pornography charge.
In an interview with authorities in early April, Larry Drommerhausen said he owns a business that “installs regular and hidden cameras.”
Drommerhausen was taken into custody and charged with production of child pornography as a part of a federal investigation.
An affidavit shows that authorities found Drommerhausen through several sexually explicit videos and images of minors that were downloaded on a file-sharing server.
Undercover federal agents accessed the files from the server, and an investigation found they were all downloaded from a single IP address — which was revealed to have belonged to Drommerhausen.
The affidavit shows that Drommerhausen admitted in the April interview with authorities that he had seen child pornography on hidden camera forums online.
He said he had been looking at child pornography for a couple of years, and that he watched it “for the adrenaline rush and it appealed to him because it was forbidden.”
Drommerhausen stated that he has adopted a child and has been a foster parent for numerous children who have been physically or sexually abused.
The affidavit also states that authorities searched Drommerhausen’s home and found videos that appeared to have been homemade.
Drommerhausen appeared for his detention hearing. If convicted, he faces the mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison with a maximum of 30 years.