Berkeley County man indicted on child pornography charge
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jeffrey Allen Johnson, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was arrested today and had an initial appearance after being indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Martinsburg on November 16, 2019, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Johnson, age 49, was indicted on one count of “Distribution of Child Pornography” and one count of “Possession of Child Pornography.” Johnson is accused of having and distributing child pornography in December 2018 and May 2019 in Berkeley County.
Johnson faces no less than five years and up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the distribution charge and faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the possession charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley D. Crockett is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police investigated.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.