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PARKERSBURG PEDOPHILE PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSE

Jeffrey Kesterson had more than 600 images of child pornography on two computers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Parkersburg pedophile faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty today to a federal child pornography offense. Jeffrey E. Kesterson, 54, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography today before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington.  On November 16, 2011, Kesterson possessed on his computers more than 600 pictures and videos of children having sex or performing sexual acts.

The child pornography was found on two of Kesterson’s computers after he downloaded it from the Internet.  Kesterson received and shared child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing program called LimeWire, which allows Internet users to download files from other people’s computers around the world.

Kesterson is scheduled to be sentenced on November 18, 2013.

The West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Parkersburg Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case is being 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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