FAIRMONT — On Thursday, West Virginia State Police arrested Gerald R. Stevens Jr., 55, of Fairmont, on five charges of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor and 10 charges of distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, a total of 15 charges.
According to criminal complaints, the investigation began Oct. 11, when a representative from Mon Power dropped two USB flash drives off at the Fairmont detachment of the state police, advising that an employee had found them in a company truck.
State police reviewed the material on the drives and found gigabytes of sexual images and videos of minors, chat logs of a sexual nature between the username “g_stevens2000” and minors of varying ages, and a chat log in which “g_stevens2000” talked with a man who claimed to be sexually molesting a 6-year-old child, the complaints say.
Stevens was arraigned by Magistrate Hank Middlemas, who set bond at $100,000 per charge, for a total of $1.5 million. Stevens is currently being held at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.
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