Former Manassas City Police Sergeant Wayne Carlo Bombara, Jr. came before Circuit Court Judge Tracy C. Hudson on September 16, 2021 and plead guilty to 15 counts of possession of child pornography in Prince William County Circuit Court.
Bombara will appear in court on February 11, 2022 for sentencing.
Attorney General Mark R. Herring said,
“Any individual who robs children of their innocence through child pornography, regardless of what they do for a living, must be held accountable for committing these heinous crimes, but especially when that individual is a law enforcement officer who has sworn to protect his community. I want to thank my team for their commitment and dedication to keeping dangerous individuals off our streets and out of our communities and I appreciate the hard work of our local and state partners on this and other cases.”
During an investigation by the Virginia State Police, as part of the Northern Virginia – D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, evidence showed that Bombara had uploaded child pornographic images onto his online account in Adobe Lightroom. This evidence was presented in court.
The investigation revealed that Bombara had uploaded and saved approximately 150 images depicting the sexual exploitation of minor females.
The child pornography recovered in this case involved children who have been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as abuse victims in prior law enforcement investigations.
Officers executed a search warrant on Bombara’s residence where they seized several of the defendant’s electronic devices.
A forensic examination of the devices revealed saved child pornographic images and child pornography activity dating as far back as 2011 when Bombara was employed as a sergeant with the Manassas City Police Department.
As part of his plea, Bombara will have to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction where he works or resides following imprisonment.
Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong of Attorney General Herring’s Computer Crime Section is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.