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Press Release

Beckley Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography Offense

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Beckley man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for attempted production of child pornography. Douglas Patrick Humphrey, 33, will also be required to serve his lifetime on supervised release following his release from prison and will be required to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Humphrey previously admitted that on August 25 and 26, 2020, he communicated with a 15-year-old female via Snapchat. During that conversation he asked her to meet him to engage in sexual activity and also asked her to produce and send a video of herself engaged in sexual intercourse with another man. Humphrey admitted that in July 2020 he had made a similar request of the minor female and had received a video depicting her engaged in sexual activity. Humphrey was arrested on August 26, 2020, when he arrived at the location where he had arranged to meet the minor.

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk imposed the sentence. During the sentencing hearing, the Court stated that Humphrey had caused “astounding” harm and is a “sexual predator of a serial nature.”

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the excellent investigative work of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald handled the prosecution.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:21-cr-00005.




Updated September 10, 2021

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