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West Virginia Man Sentenced to Life in Prison on Multiple Child Exploitation Charges

April 18, 2013

St. Louis, MO - St. Louis, MO - JACK E. GRAVENMIER, Charleston, West Virginia, was sentenced to life in prison on multiple child exploitation crimes in Missouri and the State of West Virginia.  He appeared today in St. Louis for sentencing before United States District Judge John A. Ross.  

In January, Gravenmier pled guilty, in St. Louis, to production of child pornography, attempt to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity, traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and possession of child pornography.  He also pled guilty at that time to production and possession charges from the Southern District of West Virginia.  He was sentenced to life in prison on all of those charges.

As part of his January plea agreement, Gravenmier also agreed to forfeit all of his interest in items seized by law enforcement officials during the course of the investigation, including a 2007 GMC Yukon XL, a 1995 Ford Cutaway Van E350 and his residence in Charleston, West Virginia.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the Troy, Missouri, Police Department; St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force, Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; FBI (St. Louis); Charleston, West Virginia, Police Department; FBI (West Virginia); White County, Georgia, Sheriff's Department; Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Rosa County, Florida, Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert F. Livergood of the Eastern District of Missouri and Lisa G. Johnston of the Southern District of West Virginia.

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