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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 1, 2021

Berkeley County Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Child Exploitation Offense

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – A Berkeley County man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a child exploitation offense. James Braddock Biggerman, 21, of Hedgesville, previously pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor.

According to the plea agreement and statements made in court, Biggerman admitted that in June and July 2020, he communicated with a 13-year-old female located in Bluefield, West Virginia, via Snapchat and text messages. During those conversations, he asked the minor female to engage in sexual activity with him and send him sexually explicit images and videos of herself.  Biggerman also offered to pay the minor female $100 to engage in sexual activity.  Biggerman admitted to having similar conversations during the same time frame with another 13-year-old female located in Charleston. Biggerman admitted that on July 18, 2020, he traveled from Hedgesville to Bluefield in order to meet the first minor to engage in sexual activity. He then planned to transport that minor to Charleston in order to have sex with both minors and video record the sexual activity.  Biggerman was arrested on July 18, 2020, when he arrived at the location where he had arranged to meet the minor in Bluefield.  

Following his release from prison, Biggerman will serve a 30-year term of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender.

United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigation conducted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Charleston Police Department, and the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence.  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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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. 1:21-cr-00037.

 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 1, 2021