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Hancock County man sentenced for child pornography charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Michael Dziatkowicz, of Weirton, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration for possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. 

Dziatkowicz, age 36, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of Child Pornography” in March 2018. Dziatkowicz admitted to having child pornography in February 2015 in Hancock County, West Virginia.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office investigated. 

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., presided. 

Updated April 18, 2023

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