West Virginia Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison
FORT WAYNE – Kevin Hartleroad, 64, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Holly A. Brady after being convicted of attempted production of child pornography announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.
Hartleroad was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.
According to documents in this case, between February 2020 and April 2020, Hartleroad engaged in online conversations with an undercover law enforcement officer purporting to be the stepfather of a 14-year-old girl with whom he was sexually active. During the course of their conversations, Hartleroad expressed interest in having sex with the girl. He also expressed an interest in watching the “stepfather” having sex with the teenage girl, and he sent the undercover officer a text message graphically detailing the sexual acts that he wanted to see performed with the girl. The jury found him guilty of the charge following a two-day jury trial in September, 2021.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.