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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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January 6, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five Indicted on Various Violations of Federal Laws

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Five individuals were named in separate Indictments returned on January 5, 2010, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

BRADLEY STEVEN BARRETT, age 49, of Thornton, West Virginia, was named in a four-count Indictment. Counts One, Three, and Four of the Indictment allege that BARRETT transported a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity from the State of West Virginia to the State of Virginia in June 2008; from the State of West Virginia to the State of Oklahoma between May 2009 and August 2009; and from the State of West Virginia to the State of Oklahoma in August 2009. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that BARRETT crossed the West Virginia state line to engage in a sexual act with a person who had not attained the age of 12 years, and knowingly engaged and attempted to engage in a sexual act with the minor in August 2008. If convicted, BARRETT faces a maximum penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each of Counts One, Three, and Four of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of 30 years to life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Two of the Indictment. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department.

TERRON BARNES, age 27, a federal inmate, was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that BARNES unlawfully possessed marihuana on October 4, 2009, while incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary at Hazelton. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that BARNES unlawfully possessed marihuana with the intent to distribute on October 4, 2009. If convicted, BARNES faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Godwin. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

THOMAS JAMES GWYNN, also known as THOMAS LILLEY, age 41, of Shinnston, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that GYWNN distributed morphine on November 29, 2006, in Shinnston; and on August 31, 2007, in Quiet Dell. If convicted, GWYNN faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,00 on each count. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar. The case was investigated by the Harrison/Lewis County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

JAMES S. WOLFE, age 36, of Grafton, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that WOLFE transported child pornography using a computer connected to the internet on December 9, 2008, in Grafton. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that WOLFE knowingly possessed material that contained images of child pornography, that is a computer and memory stick, on March 26, 2009, in Grafton. If convicted, WOLFE 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. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherry L. Muncy. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

JOHN STROTHER, JR., age 23, of Fairmont, was named in a one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that STROTHER, having been previously convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed a Harrington and Richardson revolver, model 925, .38 caliber, on October 8, 2009, in Fairmont. If convicted, STROTHER faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

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



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