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Jury finds Hancock County, WV man guilty of multiple child pornography offenses

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal jury returned a guilty verdict today convicting Steve G. Singo, 35, of Weirton, West Virginia, of receiving, possessing, and distributing images of child pornography, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Evidence presented at trial indicated that Singo utilized internet-based peer-to-peer file sharing technology to download and share files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. As the result of online surveillance and investigatory techniques, authorities discovered Singo in possession of various images of child pornography at his residence in Hancock County, West Virginia.

Following a two day trial, a jury found Singo guilty of one count of “Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography,” for which he faces between five and twenty years in prison, and one count of “Possession of Child Pornography,” for which he faces up to twenty years in prison. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the two counts. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police investigated. 

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

Updated March 9, 2016