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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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July 24, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Martinsburg Resident Entered Guilty Pleas
to Counterfeit and Child Pornography Charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 38 year old Martinsburg, West Virginia, resident entered guilty pleas on July 17, 2009, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that BRIAN LEE SMITH entered guilty pleas to two counts of an Indictment charging him with one count of uttering counterfeit United States Currency on August 17, 2007, in Berkeley County; and one count of possession of child pornography on September 3, 2007, in Berkeley County.

SMITH, who is currently in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the counterfeit charge; and a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the child pornography charge.

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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

 

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