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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Parkersburg man sentenced to 10 years in prison for Federal child pornography crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for possessing over 600 images and videos of child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Charles Tom Davisson II, 56, previously pleaded guilty to the federal child pornography crime. After Davisson is released from prison, he will be on supervised release for 25 years and will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Davisson admitted that on January 22, 2015, he possessed images and videos of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts. Investigators found the massive collection of images and videos on his computer and other media devices discovered at his residence in Parkersburg. Davisson further admitted that he was illegally using peer-to-peer file sharing programs to download, receive, and distribute child pornography.

“This is the third case this week that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has brought before the court dealing with sex crimes against children,” said Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. “These frequent prosecutions reflect our commitment, as well as the commitment of our law enforcement partners, to bringing sexual predators to justice. The public needs to be aware that these serious crimes have tremendous consequences and can result in lengthy prison sentences.”

The Parkersburg Police Department, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.  

This case is being prosecuted 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.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 30, 2016