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Raleigh County man sentenced to four years for federal child pornography crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

SOPHIA, W.Va. – David Alan Hunt, a 33 year-old Raleigh County man, was sentenced to today to serve four years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin.  The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger.

Hunt previously admitted that on March 23, 2012, he possessed approximately 60 images of child pornography, including sexually explicit images of prepubescent minors and minors engaged in sexual acts.  The child pornography was discovered on Hunt’s computers and a computer disc, both of which were located at his home in Sophia, West Virginia.  The investigation also revealed that Hunt received and shared child pornography by using a file sharing network that allows users to download files from computers around the world.   

U.S. Attorney Goodwin stated, “The exploitation of innocent children is a heinous crime.  Child Pornography has a highly destructive impact on the most vulnerable segment of society and my office will work diligently to ensure that individuals like Mr. Hunt are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution.

This case was prosecuted as part of United States Attorney Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Updated February 4, 2016