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PRINCETON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – Brett David Bowyer, 32, of Princeton, West Virginia, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge David A. Faber to possessing child pornography.  Bowyer admitted that on September 17, 2010, he knowingly 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.  The defendant also admitted that he knew the images and videos constituted child pornography. 

Bowyer further admitted to using Limewire, a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download, receive, and share child pornography.  Also, between June 8, 2010, and August 11, 2010, the defendant posted material involving the sexual exploitation of minors on a website for public viewing. 
Bowyer faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on January 30, 2012. 

The West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children and the Southern Regional Violent Crime Task Force 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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