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Ex-serviceman sentenced on child pornography charge

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A 22-year-old veteran of Afghanistan has been sentenced to 98 months in federal prison for receipt of child pornography, sexually explicit photographs of a 13-year-old Cabell County girl.

Jon Seth Davisson, an Army veteran, also must complete 15 years of supervised release after he serves his prison sentence, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Robert C. Chambers said.

Authorities say Davisson admitted he persuaded the girl to take and send the photographs in August 2013, while he was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. Davisson had been acquainted with the girl for several years and was aware of her age at the time he requested the photographs, they said.

Davisson also allegedly engaged in sexually explicit text and Facebook conversations with several other Wood County minors during which sexually explicit images were exchanged, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said. At the times of those alleged conversations, the girls were between the ages of 12 and 16.

In imposing the sentence, Chambers noted Davisson’s “significant level of perversion.”

“Individuals like Mr. Davisson who entice minors to produce sexually explicit images contribute to the serious problem of child exploitation," Goodwin said. "I will continue to protect the children of West Virginia by bringing those who harm and exploit children to justice.”

The Cabell County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Rada is in charge of the prosecution.