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Morgantown man admits to child pornography charge

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

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

Ontko, age 66, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of Child Pornography.” Ontko admitted to having child pornography from February to April 2018 in Monongalia County.

Ontko faces up to 20 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inspector General investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 23, 2019

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