BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – A Beaver man was sentenced to eight years in prison for child pornography.
Austin Michael Light, 21, of Beaver, was sentenced on January 19, 2023, for possession of prepubescent child pornography. His sentence is eight years and one month in prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release.
According to court information, on January 27, 2021, law enforcement officers received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding possible child pornography uploaded to a Google Mail account. The investigation led officers to Austin Michael Light. On August 18, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Light’s residence and seized several electronic devices including Light’s cell phone.
A forensic analysis of Light’s cell phone revealed nine images and 49 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Light admitted to downloading child pornography from the internet from January 2020 until at least August 18, 2021. Light also admitted to attempting to upload a video depicting child pornography to the internet on January 26, 2021.
United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force.
United States District Judge Frank W. Volk issued the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Julie White prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.