On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, the Disciplinary Board of the Virginia State Bar revoked the law license of attorney Mark Alan Black.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mark Alan Black,” with case no. 23-000-131157.

According to the Statement of Facts in the case, Black had been engaged in a conspiracy to sexually exploit minors dating back to January 2018. He was an active member of multiple online chatrooms on social media platforms that were dedicated to producing, distributing, and receiving images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. Black communicated with other members of the chatrooms to locate minor victims on live-streaming sites and coerce them into engaging in sexually explicit conduct. When victims complied, members would capture and share the illicit content.

The Statement of Facts outlines several specific instances where Black directed minors to perform sexual acts online and how he shared recordings and screenshots with other members of the conspiracy. In one case from July 2019, Black had a 10-year-old girl, Minor Victim 2, engage in sexual conduct on another social media platform while another member remotely viewed and recorded the acts at Black’s request. He also attempted to coerce a 14-year-old girl, Minor Victim 4, between April 2022 and April 2023.

Investigators discovered Black had stored child pornography on multiple electronic devices, including smartphones and computers, which he possessed in Virginia. The materials had been transported via the internet.

When presented with the allegations, Black elected to consent to a revocation of his license to practice law rather than face further disciplinary proceedings. In the consent order, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board accepted Black’s voluntary surrender of his bar license. He is now prohibited from practicing law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The order also requires Black to notify current clients and opposing parties in legal matters about the revocation and make arrangements for pending cases within strict deadlines.

The Disposition states:

“Upon consideration whereof, it is therefore ordered that Mark Alan Black’s license to practice law in the courts of this Commonwealth be and the same hereby is revoked, and that the name of Mark Alan Black be stricken from the Roll of Attorneys of this Commonwealth.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Black is a bankruptcy & debt attorney in Roanoke, Virginia. He attended the Washington University In St. Louis, graduating in 1977. He acquired his law license in Virginia in 1981.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.