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ROANE COUNTY BROTHERS PLEAD GUILTY TO POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two Roane County men pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. to possessing child pornography.  Adam K. Seen, 24,  and Jacob T. Seen, 23, admitted that on December 3, 2009, they possessed more than 600 images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, that is, actual or simulated sexual intercourse and the lascivious exhibition of the genitals and pubic area of the minors. 

Both admitted that they knew the images and videos contained child pornography. Many of these images depict prepubescent minors. Several of the images have been identified as depicting known children. As the images possessed by the defendants were downloaded using the Internet, the images had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce by means that included a computer.
Jacob Seen admitted that he was using the peer-to-peer file-sharing program, Limewire, to receive and share child pornography. 

At the time of the offense, Adam Seen was employed as the Information Technology Specialist for the Roane County school system. 

Adam Seen and Jacob Seen face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when they are sentenced on May 16, 2012.   

The West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims.

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