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SUMMERS COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

BECKLEY, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Summers County man pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography.  Alan L. Grimmett, 50, of Hinton, Summers County, W.Va., admitted that on June 7, 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 admitted that he knew the images and videos constituted child pornography.  Grimmett also admitted to possessing images of prepubescent minors and some images that involve material that portrays sadistic or masochistic or other depictions of violence.

In addition, Grimmett further admitted that the images he possessed were downloaded using the Internet, and the images had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce by means that included a computer. 

Grimmett faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on February 14, 2013 by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger. 

Homeland Security Investigations and the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.   Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of 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 http://www.justice.gov/usao/wvs/PSCpage.html.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and follow the link named “Resources.”

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