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Wood County man admits collecting child pornography

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – “We’ve taken another pedophile off the streets,” U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced, in the wake of a Wood County man’s federal sentencing on child pornography charges. Terry David McVey, 60, of Parkersburg, W.Va., was sentenced on April 8 to six and a half years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.  The sentence was handed down by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington.

McVey admitted he collected at least 300 but fewer than 600 pictures of children having sex or performing sexual acts. The child pornography was found on McVey’s computer after he downloaded it from the Internet.  McVey previously pleaded guilty to the federal charge in December 2012. 

“April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month,” U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.  “This sentencing is yet another reminder that sexual exploitation remains a terribly serious problem in West Virginia and around the country.” 

Goodwin continued, “People who download, possess and trade child pornography perpetuate the abuse and exploitation of children. I will be relentless in prosecuting them.”

The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation.   Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada handled the prosecution. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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