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Upshur County man indicted on child pornography charge

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Buckhannon, West Virginia, man had an initial appearance this morning in federal court on a child pornography charge, United States Attorney William J. Powell announced.

James Andrew Smith, age 57, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Wheeling on October 3, 2017 on one count of “Possession of Child Pornography.” Smith, having previously been convicted of possession of child pornography, is accused of having computer disks and other materials containing child pornography in his possession. The crime is alleged to have occurred in November 2015 in Upshur County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police are investigating. 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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

Updated October 27, 2017

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