Former Newport News police officer pleads guilty to child sex crimes, possession of child pornography

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVITY) — A former Newport News police sergeant has pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting children and receiving child pornography.

Michael Nicholas Covey, 39, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of child sexual exploitation and one count of receiving child pornography. His sentencing is set for February 22, 2023. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison.

Covey was arrested back in June. He had been with the department for 16 years and had recently been assigned to the K-9 Special Operations Unit before his arrest.

Court documents say Covey used the child to “engage in sexually suggestive conduct for the purpose of creating a visual representation of such conduct and distributing those images to sex offenders in Ohio.”

After a federal search warrant, analysis of images of apparent child exploitation led detectives to a Newport News home and ultimately Covey’s arrest.

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