Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 10, 2013

Mercer County man indicted on federal child pornography charge


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEWELL — A 60-year-old Mercer County man has been indicted by a federal grand for a child pornography offense.

Johnny Richard Rowe of Bluewell was charged with possession of child pornography. The single-count indictment alleged that on June 19, Rowe possessed hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on his computer, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a statement this morning.

Rowe faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. A federal grand jury sitting Tuesday in Beckley indicted Rowe.

The West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution.

The indictment was brought as part of an ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia, Booth said.