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Monongalia County man convicted of possession of child pornography

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Daniel Frohnhofer, 44, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was convicted today of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Frohnhofer was previously convicted of “Criminal Sexual Penetration” in 1996 in New Mexico, “Felony Menacing – Real/Simulated Weapon” in 2008 in Colorado, “Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements” in 2008 in Texas, and “False Imprisonment” in 2009 in New Mexico.

Through an investigation by the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Frohnhofer was discovered in possession of various images of child pornography. He pled guilty today to one count of “Possession of Child Pornography.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Shawn Morgan prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 8, 2016

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