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

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wood County Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Child Pornography

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A 22-year-old Wood County man who solicited and received sexually explicit images of a child pleaded guilty today. Jon Seth Davisson pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to receiving child pornography. Davisson faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 12, 2014.

In August 2013, Davisson exchanged text messages with a 13-year-old Cabell County child and persuaded the child to take and send sexually explicit photographs to Davisson.  At the time Davisson received these photographs, he was a U.S. Army private stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington.  Davisson had been acquainted with the child for several years and was aware of the age of the child at the time he requested that the images be taken and sent.  

The Cabell County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada 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 January 7, 2015