Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 24, 2014

Bluefield teen arrested

Officers make arrest for possession of child porn

by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A Mercer County teenager was arrested Thursday morning after law enforcement officers working with the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at his residence nearly two weeks earlier and found “148 pictures and videos that depicted prepubescent female children engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” according to the Criminal Complaint Narrative in the case.

Joshua Poff, 18, of Bluefield, was arrested after officers working with the task force executed a search warrant at his Frederick Street home on Jan. 10, and discovered the child pornographic videos and pictures on computers and electronic devices in the suspect’s possession. The defendant, as well as his father and brother, were present at the home when the search warrant was executed.

“After serving the search warrant, (Sommers) conducted an audio-recorded interview at the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department of (Poff),” according to the complaint narrative. “After he had been advised of his Miranda Rights and waiving the same, he admitted to owning and being the primary user of (a certain) email address, as well as the computers and electronic devices that had been seized from his bedroom.

“He further admitted to utilizing certain websites to search for and download child pornography as well as identifying other individuals through their email who were willing to trade child pornography,” according to the narrative.

According to Sommers’ narrative, Poff gave him permission to search his email account where Sommers “located numerous emails detailing the trade of child pornography including emails that contained attachments,” according to the complaint. “These attachments were found to contain child pornographic videos and pictures.”

Sommers viewed the files and determined that Poff had “in his possession/control 148 pictures and videos that depicted prepubescent female children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” Sommers obtained a warrant for Poff’s arrest.

Poff appeared before Mercer County Magistrate James Dent who set his bond at $50,000 cash surety. He was transported to Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com