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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- David Wayne McDaniel, 53, from Charleston, pled guilty today to possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Stuart commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

“Incomprehensible,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We will prosecute every one of these horrific crimes and put child predators behind bars.”

McDaniel admitted that he possessed over 600 images, including pornographic images of prepubescent minors and images containing sadistic or masochistic conduct, other depictions of violence, or sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler.

Because McDaniel has a prior conviction for sexual abuse of a minor, he faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison when he is sentenced on December 13, 2018. 

Assistant United States Attorney Steve Loew is handling the prosecution.  United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the plea hearing.


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Updated September 4, 2018