CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Police say they found child pornography on a computer owned by a Marshall University graduate assistant while using a warrant to search his Huntington apartment
State Police took Jacob Wolfe, 28, of Country Club Drive, into custody Wednesday, charging him with two counts of possessing child pornography. Troopers at the Huntington detachment identified him as a graduate assistant in the school's psychology department.
Huntington Patrolman Eddie Prichard and State Police Cpl. Robert Boggs began searching the Internet in July 2012 to identify people involved in the trafficking of child porn using peer-to-peer file-sharing programs.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force keeps a database of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses previously marked as involved in porn trafficking.
Boggs found an IP address that appeared to track back to the Huntington area, according to a complaint filed in Cabell Magistrate Court. Records indicated possession and distribution of pornography files from May 2012 to July 2012.
Among the videos listed to that IP address were a 70-second one showing a 3- or 4-year-old girl performing oral sex on a man and one more than three minutes in length of an 8- to 10-year-old girl being touched inappropriately by a man, the complaint said.
Both girls in the videos were identified as victims listed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Investigators tracked the IP address through Comcast Communications to Wolfe's Country Club Drive apartment.
Officers obtained a search warrant for his apartment and took as evidence a desktop computer and several hard drives and thumb drives.
A forensic examination of the computer and hard drives showed Wolfe had LimeZilla, a peer-to-peer file-sharing program, installed on the computer. The examination of the hard drives revealed 29 videos and 374 graphics that appeared to be child porn, according to the complaint.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children later determined 179 of the graphics and five of the videos were confirmed child porn showing child victims.
Wolfe is being held at Western Regional Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 10:30 a.m. March 22.
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