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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Barbour County man sentenced to 50 years for child pornography

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A Philippi, West Virginia man was sentenced to 50 years in prison today for using young children to produce sexually explicit videos, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Jon Travis Yost, 28, victimized multiple children in the process of producing pornographic films and did so while still on probation for a sex crime from state court.

“Mr. Yost won’t be able to harm any children in the jail cell where he will be living for the next 50 years,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “Sadly, his victims will continue to suffer from the damage he has done, and some may never fully recover.”

Yost was sentenced today as a result of his conviction of “Production of Child Pornography – Previous Conviction.” His prior conviction was for Third Degree Sexual Assault in the Circuit Court of Barbour County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The FBI and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

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Updated September 30, 2022