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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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March 30, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grafton Resident Entered Guilty Plea
to Child Pornography Charge

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 46 year old Grafton, West Virginia, resident entered a plea of guilty on March 22, 2010, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that JAMES S. WOLFE entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in March 2009. WOLFE, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

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 Sherry L. Muncy. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Grafton Police Department, and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department.

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