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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kanawha County man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -  A 58-year old Kanawha County man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty today to possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced.  Ronnie Eugene Naylor, of Elkview, West Virginia, entered a guilty plea before District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

Naylor admitted that he possessed over 600 images and videos of minors engaged in sexual acts.   Many of the images and videos depict prepubescent minors.  The images and videos were located on his personal computer which was kept in his home.  The investigation revealed that Naylor was using a computer program that allowed him to download, receive and distribute child pornography to and from others. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, “We are committed to the fight against criminals like Ronnie Eugene Naylor who contribute to the exploitation and abuse of children.  We will use every available tool to track them down and prosecute them to the fullest extent allowed by law.”

The court scheduled sentencing for Naylor for August 5, 2015, in Charleston, West Virginia.

The West Virginia State Police  and the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being brought as part of U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Updated April 16, 2015