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West Virginia man sentenced for child pornography charge

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Dakota Brian Whetzel, age 25, of Romney, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the West Virginia State Police received a cybertip about child pornography that led to a search warrant of Whetzel’s apartment. Officers seized electronic devices and found hundreds of child pornography images, some depicting children under the age of 12.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley Crockett prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated September 11, 2023

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