UPDATE (9/1 at 12:30 p.m.):
A Fairmont man, who was charged with 20 felony charges of distribution of child pornography, appeared in court Tuesday morning.
Elliot Stache received one year of home confinement with potential for probation in September 2016. He was arrested in March 2014 and pleaded guilty in May.
Stache told the court Tuesday that he took full responsibility for his actions and knows he hurt his family. He told Judge Janes of Marion County court that he wants to continue his education to become a counselor.
Stache's mom also spoke Tuesday and told the court that she was surprised and shocked when the news broke but that she knows her son has matured and is ready to accept his punishment.
"We choose to forgive," his mother said, "and ask to be forgiven."
Stache will also have to register as a sex offender.
The West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit has arrested a Fairmont man on child pornography charges.
Elliot Stache, 25, was charged with 20 felony counts of distribution, exhibiting and possessing material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit material, said Sgt. Adam Scott. Investigators discovered child pornography was being downloaded from the Internet into Stache's Fairmont house and obtained a search warrant. Sgt. Scott seized various computer related materials including digital media. On the media, investigators found hundreds of videos and photographs of children as young as three years old engaged in sexual intercourse with adults as well as other children.
Stache admitted that he downloaded the illegal images and videos and said he was addicted to it.
Stache was arraigned in Marion County Magistrate Court and was released on $20,000 cash or surety bond.
If you have a suspicion of child abuse, contact Sgt. Scott with the West Virginia Crimes Against Children Unit at 304-367-2701.