By Wendy Holdren
A Wyoming County man pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography charges Tuesday in federal court before U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger.
David Walter Martin Jr., 40, admitted he collected more than 600 pictures and videos of children having sex or performing sexual acts. Investigators found the child pornography had been downloaded on Martin’s computer.
“This kind of crime is revolting,” said U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. “Behind every piece of child pornography traded over the Internet, there is a child somewhere who has been exploited in the most heinous way imaginable. People who download these pictures encourage that exploitation and I will be relentless in prosecuting them.”
Martin faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 1.
The Mullens Police Department, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, and the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Johnson is in charge of the prosecution.
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