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Monongalia County woman admits to child pornography charge

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Tara Ponceroff, of Morgantown, West Virginia, has admitted today to a child pornography charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Ponceroff, age 26, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Production of Child Pornography.” Ponceroff admitted to producing and distributing child pornography involving a minor in December 2017 in Monongalia County.

Ponceroff faces up to 30 years incarceration 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.

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 David J. Perri is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated February 15, 2019

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