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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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May 2, 2011

Wheeling Resident Entered Guilty Pleas
on Child Pornography Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 46 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident entered guilty pleas on April 29, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that DALE MATTHEW HAMILTON entered guilty pleas to two counts of an Indictment charging him with possession of child pornography on February 18, 2010; and failure to register as a sex offender between March 4, 2010, and May 12, 2010, in the Northern District of West Virginia.

HAMILTON, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession count and 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the failure to register count.

“The outstanding work of the West Virginia State Police and the United States Marshal’s Service has helped to put away Dale Hamilton, a man who is notorious in the Ohio Valley for his voyeuristic activities. Over the years he has gone into changing rooms and restrooms at local stores and swimming pools to look at little girls and most recently he was found to have downloaded child pornography onto his computer. The sentence that he’ll receive will take him off the streets and away from our children for a long time.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard. The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is headed-up and organized by the West Virginia State Police.

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