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March 28, 2014

Fairmont man faces child porn charges

City police say that investigation ongoing

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man was arrested and charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography.

James David Milford, 46, was arrested on March 26 by the Fairmont Police Department.

“The additional charges will include productions of pornographic materials depicting minors,” Fairmont Police detective Lt. Steve Shine said. “The charges could go as far as possible sexual assault charges.”

The Fairmont Police received a report about Milford being in possession of child pornography. Police obtained warrants for Milford’s Walnut Avenue residence and his vehicle.

During the search of Milford’s residence, police found several items that confirmed Milford’s possession of child pornography, according to the criminal report. Police began a search for Milford and found him before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were able to find around 40,000 images and videos depicting juveniles engaging in sex acts, according to the criminal complaint. While at the Fairmont Police Department, Milford admitted to owning these files.

Milford also admitted to recording nude images of children on his own.

According to the complaint, files containing child porn and, sometimes, himself were found. The criminal complaint provides a partial list of the storage devices containing the file including one flash drive, three thumb drives, one SD card and one Micro SD card.

The investigation is ongoing and may include seizing additional assets and including more charges. The criminal complaint says that Milford confessed to criminal acts in addition to the possession of child porn.

The files contain children as young as toddlers, bestiality and children in distress.

The Fairmont Police Department is in the process of identifying the youths in videos and ensuring that services are in place for their welfare.

The identified youths will be referred to the Division of Health and Human Resources, Shine said. The names will also be given to the victim’s advocate office.

If convicted, Milford faces up to 14 years in the penitentiary and fines up to $14,000.

Milford is currently being held on $700,000 cash or surety bond.

James Keener, 41, of Fairmont was arrested on March 26 and charged with 25 counts of distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The Fairmont Police Department began investigating an individual for possessing child pornography. The Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children submitted the information that led to the investigation.

The West Virginia Internet Crimes against Children and NCMEC provided information used in granting a warrant to look up the Internet Protocol address that was linked to an account containing suspected child pornography.

The IP address was linked to Keener’s residence. Several photographs of juveniles engaging in obvious sexual context were downloaded to Keener’s computer, according to the criminal complaint.

Keener resided just outside of FPD’s jurisdiction, so the West Virginia State Police took over the investigation. Sgt. Adam Scott was put in charge of the case.

Scott acquired the evidence from FPD and confirmed it. Scott then obtained and executed a search warrant.

A phone belonging to Keener was found. It contained at least 60 photographs and videos of children, as young as four and five years of age, engaging in sexual intercourse with adults and/or posing provocatively. The criminal complaint says the phone contained numerous bestiality videos and photos.

If convicted, Keener faces up to 50 years in the penitentiary and fines up to $50,000.

Keener is currently being held on $125,000 cash-only bond.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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