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December 30, 2011


Roanoke, Virginia, Resident Enters Guilty Plea
to Child Pornography Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 42 year old Roanoke, Virginia, resident entered a plea of guilty on November 29, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that STEPHEN A. MORRIS entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with attempting to transfer obscenity to a minor from June 3, 2011, to June 16, 2011, in Moundsville, West Virginia. The obscene images were actually sent to an undercover officer with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Officer, whom MORRIS believed to be a 14 year old girl.

MORRIS, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

This case is being prosecuted 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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri. The case was investigated by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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