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GOODWIN: “ANOTHER PEDOPHILE OFF THE INTERNET”

Huntington man admits receiving child pornography, pleads guilty to federal crime

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – “We’ve taken another pedophile off the Internet,” U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced, in the wake of a Huntington man’s federal guilty plea on a child pornography charge. Raymond Eugene Leake, 34, pleaded guilty on July 8 to receiving child pornography before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington. Leake collected more than 600 pictures and videos of children having sex or performing sexual acts. The child pornography was found on Leake’s computer after he downloaded it from the Internet.  On or about January 13, 2013, Leake sent at least one image of child pornography to another pedophile over the Internet.  

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, “Pedophiles like Mr. Leake who download and trade images of child pornography over the Internet are perpetuating crimes that involve the exploitation of innocent children.  I will be relentless in prosecuting them.”

Leake faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison.  Leake also faces a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on October 7, 2013. 

The West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada 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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