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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 20, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Weirton Resident Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 35year old Weirton, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on December 19, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: SEAN M. PRICE was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment to be followed by ten years of supervised release. PRICE entered a plea of guilty on August 29, 2011, to one count of an Indictment charging him with accessing child pornography with the intent to view from November of 2010 to April 28, 2011, in Weirton. PRICE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

This case was 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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