Jonathan Douglas Layne, 54, admitted Tuesday before U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver to possessing more than 600 images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a statement.
Layne told authorities he knew the images and videos were child pornography and knew many of the images showed prepubescent minors. He lived in St. Albans in February 2008, which is about the time he possessed the videos and pictures, but has since moved to Charleston.
He also admitted to committing two or more crimes involving the sexual abuse of a minor in 1987. Layne was previously convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in Kanawha County in 1989 after he admitted to sexually abusing a young female relative.
Layne faces a minimum of 10 years in prison but could serve as long as 20 years because of the previous conviction. He also faces a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on May 2.
The U.S. Marshals Service, State Police, Kanawha Sheriff's Office, FBI West Virginia Cyber Crimes Task Force and the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution.