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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

October 5, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wheeling Resident Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 29-year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was named in an Indictment returned on October 4, 2011, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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

IAN WELSHHANS was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with possession of child pornography in Wheeling on August 8, 2011. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit the hard drive and laptop and tower which were seized from WELSHHANS on August 8, 2011. If convicted, WELSHHANS faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. This case will be prosecuted by by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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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