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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

February 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Valley Grove Resident Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 47 year old Valley Grove, West Virginia, resident was sentenced today (February 14, 2011) in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that GARY RAY DEBOLT was sentenced to 151 months imprisonment. After service of his sentence, DEBOLT will be required to serve 10 years of supervised release and he must register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act for life.

DEBOLT was convicted in February 2010 on charges contained in a seven-count Superseding Indictment. Specifically, DEBOLT was convicted of five counts of Receipt of Child Pornography via the internet in December 2008 and January 2009 in Valley Grove; and two counts of Possession of Child Pornography from October 2008 to January 2009, in Valley Grove.

DEBOLT is in custody pending placement at a facility to be determined by the Bureau of Prisons.

“The efforts of the West Virginia State Police in investigating this case are to be commended. The safety of our children must always be guarded closely and the State Police continues to do so with great vigor,” said USA Ihlenfeld. “The crimes committed by the defendant were very serious, as is evidenced by the severe punishment imposed by the Court.”

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

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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