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A 40-year-old Charleston man will serve 15 years in federal prison followed by 20 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports.

Stephen Wayne Layton had admitted to possessing sexually explicit photos of children under the age of 12, including some he took himself engaging in sexual contact with the child. He kept the pornographic images on a computer and USB drive at his home, Goodwin said.

“This defendant's crimes are horrific,” Goodwin said. “Adults who prey on and victimize children in this most horrible way must be identified, arrested, prosecuted and punished. We will not stand by and allow this kind of perversion to go undetected or unpunished. This conviction and the imposition of the sentence today is a victory for justice and for the safety of our children.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald handled the prosecution. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. in Charleston.

 
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