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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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

 

December 9, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Grand Jury Indicts Four Individuals

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Four individuals were named in four Indictments returned on December 7, 2010, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

DALE MATTHEW HAMILTON, age 46, of Wheeling, was named in a five-count Indictment charging him with four counts of possession of child pornography on February 18, 2010; August 4, 2010; September 13, 2010; and, from October 16 to October 25, 2010, in Wheeling; and, one count of failure to register as a sex offender between March 4, 2010, and May 12, 2010, in the Northern District of West Virginia. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit of a computer and hard drive belonging to HAMILTON.

CHARLES WINLAND, age 62, was named in a two-count Indictment charging him with one count of possession of child pornography on February 18, 2010, in Wheeling; and, one count of failure to register as a sex offender between February 19, 2010, and May 19, 2010, in the Northern District of West Virginia. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit of a computer, hard drives and CD’s belonging to WINLAND.

If convicted, HAMILTON and WINLAND face a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each of the possession counts due to a prior conviction for sexual abuse and 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the failure to register count.

These cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and were investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the United States Marshals Service.

GENERO ESQUIVEL-HERRERA, age 23, of Mexico, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with one count of reentry into the United States in February of 2010 in Hancock County, West Virginia, without the consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security nor the Attorney General of the United States to reapply for admission to the United States, after having been deported on March 11, 2008. If convicted, ESQUIVEL-HERRERA faces a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

RAYMOND R. POWELL, age 28, of Wheeling, was named in a two-count Indictment charging him with one count of possession of firearms on October 1, 2010, in Wheeling, after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, and one count of possession of stolen firearms on October 1, 2010, in Wheeling. If convicted, POWELL faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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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