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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

West Virginia Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography

     WASHINGTON - Troy Shane Young, 41, of Elkview, W. Va., was sentenced today to six years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

     Young pled guilty to the charges in December 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  He was sentenced by the Honorable Rudolph Contreras. Upon completion of his prison term, Young will be placed on 15 years of supervised release.

     According to the government's evidence, on Aug. 24, 2012, Young contacted a man he believed to be the father of an underage girl on a social network site.  That man turned out to be an undercover officer with the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force.  Over the next few days, Young engaged in electronic communications with the undercover officer.  During this period of time, Young sent the undercover officer approximately 10 videos and 22 still images of child pornography. Upon execution of a search warrant on Young’s residence, members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force recovered various computers, external storage devices and other electronic equipment containing child pornography.

     This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBI's Washington Field Office and MPD.  Project Safe Childhood is 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute those who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier praised the MPD Detectives and the Special Agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, who investigated the case, and the Special Agents of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Field Office, who assisted in the execution of the search warrant. They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa Johnston and Jennifer Rada, of the Southern District of West Virginia, who assisted in the prosecution. Finally they expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari Redbord, who prosecuted the case.


Updated February 19, 2015