OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
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
March 18, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grafton Resident Sentenced on Child
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 44 year old Grafton, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on March 17, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that BOBBY JAMES VANNOY was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by lifetime supervision. VANNOY entered a plea of guilty on December 1, 2008, to one count of possession of computer disks and other material containing images of child pornography that had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce via a computer on August 15, 2007, in Grafton.
VANNOY, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated federal institution.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, 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 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 David J. Perri. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Grafton Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.
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