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Charleston Pedophile Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison

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

U.S. Attorney’s initiative to fight child exploitation has surpassed 1,000 months of total prison time for convicted pedophiles since January 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a 54-year-old Charleston pedophile was sentenced on May 15 to ten years in federal prison on child pornography charges.  Jonathan Douglas Layne’s prison sentence will be followed by 20 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography.  The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.  Layne previously pleaded guilty in January. 

Layne collected more than 600 pictures and videos of children having sex or performing sexual acts. Layne lived in St. Albans, West Virginia, at the time the crime occurred. 

“Pedophiles who download and share child pornography are exploiting children, plain and simple,” said U.S. Attorney Goodwin. “My office will continue to spare no effort in prosecuting these types of cases.”

In October 1987, Layne committed two or more crimes involving sexual abuse of a minor.  Layne was previously convicted in June 1989 in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia, of first degree sexual abuse involving a minor.   

Since January 2012, twenty-two defendants have been convicted as part of U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia. 

Twenty defendants have been sentenced to a total of more than 90 years (1093 months, to be exact) in federal prison.  The remaining two defendants currently await sentencing. 

The U.S. Marshals Service, the West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation West Virginia Cyber Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution. 

Updated January 7, 2015