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Lewis County man sentenced to five years in Federal prison for possessing child pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia
Defendant possessed the child pornography at his former home in Nicholas County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Lewis County man was sentenced today to five years in federal prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for a child pornography crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Derrick Young, 33, of Weston, previously pleaded guilty in February 2016 to possessing images and videos of child pornography.

Young admitted that on May 21, 2014, he possessed images and videos of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts. Young possessed over 3,000 images and over 700 videos containing child pornography. The images and videos were contained on his computer and personal cell phone at his former residence located in Nallen in Nicholas County. The computer and cell phones on which Young stored the child pornography were ordered to be destroyed.

Young’s sentence was further enhanced because he traded the images with others to increase his supply of child pornography. He is also required to register as a sex offender for life. 

The Department of Homeland Security and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.

This case is being brought as part of an ongoing initiative by the United States Attorney’s Office to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Updated April 26, 2016

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