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Wyoming man admits possessing child pornography, sentenced to 4 ½ years in federal prison

BECKLEY, W.Va. – “Another pedophile has logged off the Internet and will be heading to prison,” U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced, in the wake of a Wyoming County man’s sentencing on a federal child pornography charge. David Walter Martin Jr., 40, of Pineville, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.  The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger in Beckley.  Martin previously pleaded guilty in March to possession of child pornography.  Martin collected more than 600 pictures and videos of children having sex or performing sexual acts. The child pornography was found on Martin’s computer after he downloaded it from the Internet.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, “Pedophiles like Mr. Martin who download and trade images of child pornography over the Internet are exploiting innocent children, plain and simple.  My initiative to combat these despicable acts of child sexual abuse will continue.”

The Mullens Police Department, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, and the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution. 

This case was brought as part of U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

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