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Washington man indicted on charges involving sexual abuse of a minor

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Nathanial James Davis, formerly of Marysville, Washington, is facing charges that accuse him of traveling across the country to have sex with a minor in Barbour County, West Virginia, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Davis, 33, was indicted today on one count of “Interstate Travel with Intent to Engage in Sexual Act with a Minor,” one count of “Possession of Child Pornography,” and one count of “Commission of a Felony Offense Involving a Minor by a Person Required to Register as a Sex Offender.” Davis, a registered sex offender, is accused of traveling to West Virginia to engage in sexual conduct with a minor and having child pornography on his phone. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April and May 2022 in Barbour County and elsewhere.

Davis faces up to 30 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the interstate travel charge. He faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the child pornography charge and faces 10 years in prison for the final charge. 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 Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police investigated.

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


Updated June 6, 2023

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