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PINEVILLE -

A Wyoming County man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.  The arrest was part of the nationwide initiative called Project Safe Childhood.

On Tuesday, March 26 David Walter Martin, Jr., 40, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in U.S. District Judge Irene Berger.  In a Beckley federal courtroom, Martin admitted to having more than 600 pictures and videos of children having sex or performing sexual acts.  Martin downloaded the Internet.

"This kind of crime is utterly revolting," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Booth Goodwin. "Behind every piece of child pornography traded over the Internet, there is a child somewhere who has been exploited in the most heinous way imaginable.  People who download these pictures encourage that exploitation, and I will be relentless in prosecuting them.

The investigation into Mr. Martin's offenses was conducted by the Mullens Police Department, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes against children task force.  Project Safe Childhood was launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006.  The goal is to stop the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.

Martin is set to be sentenced for his crimes on August 1.  He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.