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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mercer County man sentenced to six years in federal prison for child pornography

Bluefield, W.Va. -  A 19-year old Mercer County man, Joshua Dwayne Poff, was sentenced today to six years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced.  Today’s sentence was handed down by Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield.

Poff previously admitted that on January 10, 2014, he possessed pictures of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts.  The images were located on his personal computer located in his residence.  Poff also admitted to trading video files containing child pornography via the Internet to another person who had a Google email account.  U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, “We are committed to the fight against criminals like Joshua Dwayne Poff 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 West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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 2, 2015