Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 29, 2014

Mercer County man pleads guilty to possessing pornographic images of children

BLUEFIELD — A 54-year old Mercer County man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

Goodwin said David A. Punturi, of Bluefield, entered a guilty plea before Senior United States District Court Judge David A. Faber.

Goodwin said Punturi admitted that on August 14, 2013, he possessed pictures of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts. The images were located on his personal computers. The court scheduled sentencing for Sept. 2 in Bluefield.

The West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston is in charge of the prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

 

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