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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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June 7, 2011

Wheeling Resident Sentenced on Child Pornography
and Failure to Register Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 62 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on May 23, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling, by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that CHARLES WINLAND was sentenced to 72 months imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. WINLAND entered guilty pleas on March 7, 2011, to a two-count Indictment charging him with one count of possession of child pornography on February 18, 2010, in Wheeling; and, one count of failure to register as a sex offender between February 19, 2010, and May 19, 2010, in the Northern District of West Virginia.

WINLAND’s crimes were discovered after the West Virginia State Police conducted an online undercover investigation and then executed a search warrant on the home where WINLAND was living in February of 2010. WINLAND and co-Defendant Dale M. Hamilton fled the Wheeling area after the search took place but was located in Daytona, Florida, by the State Police and the United States Marshals Service. Both were arrested in Florida and returned to West Virginia in May of 2010 where they were held pending the disposition of their cases. WINLAND was previously convicted of First Degree Sexual Abuse in Harrison County, West Virginia, in 2006.

After the sentencing hearing WINLAND was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.

Hamilton recently entered guilty pleas to similar charges and remains in custody pending his own sentencing hearing.

The case was prosecuted by United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, and Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.

The case was investigated by the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is headed-up and organized by the West Virginia State Police; and the United States Marshal Service.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit