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Man faces prison for child porn

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Wyoming County man who admitted to collecting child pornography faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

David Walter Martin Jr., 40, of Mullens, pleaded guilty to possession of child porn Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley.

Martin admitted to collecting more than 600 images and videos on computers in his home, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a statement. The pornography was found on several computers.

"We've taken another pedophile off the streets," Goodwin said in the release. "This kind of crime is utterly revolting.

"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."

In addition to prison time, Martin also faces a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1. Mullens police, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Johnston handled prosecution.


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