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HUNTINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO 128 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – James W. Gipson II, 49, of Huntington, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to 128 months’ imprisonment followed by a lifetime term of supervised release for possessing child pornography.  Gipson previously pleaded guilty in October.  The defendant admitted that on January 5, 2011, he knowingly possessed on his computer 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.  The defendant also admitted that he knew the images and videos constituted child pornography. 

Because Gipson was previously convicted in July of 1996 in the Circuit Court of Cabell County, West Virginia, of “Use of Minors in Filming Sexually Explicit Conduct,” he received an enhanced sentencing range of 10 to 20 years’ imprisonment, which also included the penalty of lifetime supervised release. 

The United States Secret Service, Huntington Police Department and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc  and click on the tab "resources."

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