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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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August 17, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

McMechen Resident Sentenced to 5+ Years
for Possession of Child Pornography

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 45 year old McMechen, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on August 16, 2010, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that MICHAEL HASKAKIS was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. HASKAKIS entered a plea of guilty on March 1, 2010, to one count of possession of child pornography on July 19, 2009, in McMechen. HASKAKIS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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.

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