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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Two indicted on child pornography charges

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury indicted two West Virginia residents today on child pornography charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Terry V. Austin, Sr., 50, of Grafton, West Virginia, was allegedly discovered in possession of multiple images and videos of child pornography during a West Virginia State Police investigation. He is charged with one count of “Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography,” for which he faces between five and twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. He is further charged with one count of “Possession of Child Pornography,” for which he faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

Additionally, convicted sex offender Daniel Frohnhofer, 43, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was allegedly discovered in possession of child pornography and a firearm during an investigation by the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He is charged with one count of “Possession of Child Pornography,” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. He is further charged with one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm,” for which he faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

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 defendants.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 13, 2015