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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 

February 5, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Masontown Resident Indicted
on Child Pornography Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 38 year old Masontown, West Virginia, resident was named in a two-count Indictment returned on February 3, 2009, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that GARY RAY SHILLINGBURG was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that SHILLINGBURG transported child pornography through the internet via an e-mail with an attached video depicting several different scenes involving minor children engaged in acts of sexual intercourse on June 8, 2008, in Masontown. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that SHILLINGBURG possessed a computer disk containing images of child pornography that had been shipped in interstate commerce on August 7, 2008.

If convicted, SHILLINGBURG faces a maximum penalty of five to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count One of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Two of the Indictment.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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