Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

July 2, 2013

Former Ripley officer pleads guilty to child porn

CHARLESTON —  A former Ripley police officer has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that 31-year-old George Michael Puskas II entered the plea Monday in federal court in Charleston.

According to prosecutors, Puskas established a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old in March 2010 and took sexually explicit pictures and video of the minor. Puskas resigned from the Ripley Police Department in May 2012, about a month after authorities executed a federal search warrant and seized a computer, a flash drive and other items he used to produce child pornography.

Puskas faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 1.

 

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