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Press Release

Huntington Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Crime

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Derick Russell Legg, 48, of Huntington, pleaded guilty today to receipt of child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from on or about September 19, 2019, through on or about January 28, 2020, Legg used peer-to-peer file sharing programs to receive digital media files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Legg further admitted that he possessed 668 images and 321 videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on an external hard drive in Huntington on or about January 30, 2020. Legg also admitted to possessing additional images and videos of child pornography on his cell phone.

Many of the images and videos possessed by Legg depict known child victims, prepubescent minors and minors subjected to sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Legg is scheduled to be sentenced on April 29, 2024, and faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew J. Tessman and Julie M. White are prosecuting the case.

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. 3:22-cr-40. 

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Updated January 17, 2024

Topic
Project Safe Childhood