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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Parkersburg man sentenced to over 12 years in Federal prison for possessing child pornography

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man was sentenced today to 12 and a half years in federal prison for a child pornography crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Kevin Wayne Davis, 49, previously pleaded guilty to possessing over 600 images and videos of child pornography. After Davis is released from prison, he will be on supervised release for 25 years and will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Davis admitted that on November 5, 2014, he possessed images and videos of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts. The exceptionally large collection of images and videos was contained on his computers and multiple media devices found at his residence in Parkersburg. Investigators discovered that Davis was using peer-to-peer file sharing programs to download, receive, and distribute child pornography. The investigation also revealed that Davis engaged in a pattern of sexually abusing and sexually exploiting minors from 1998 through 2013.

“This is a significant sentence and it reflects the serious nature of crimes against children,” said Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. “Perpetrators need to be aware that possessing child pornography carries severe consequences. Anyone who puts children in danger should know that we will continue working with our law enforcement partners to aggressively prosecute sexual predators.”

The Parkersburg Police Department, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department 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 was prosecuted as part of an ongoing initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 29, 2016