Mineral County man indicted for child pornography
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Danny David Wilt, of Keyser, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia on May 21, 2019 for child pornography, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Wilt, age 44, is charged with one count of “Distribution of Child Pornography” one count of “Possession of Child Pornography.” Wilt is accused of distributing child pornography through his computer and possessing child pornography depicting a minor under the age of 12. The crimes took place in July and August 2017 in Mineral County.
Wilt faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Virginia State Police, and the Maryland State Police investigated.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.