PRINCETON, W. Va. (WVNS)– A Mercer County man faces several sex crime charges for sending nude pictures to an underage girl.


Steven Underwood is charged with possession of child pornography, distribution of obscene matter to minor, soliciting a minor via a computer and use of obscene matter to seduce a minor.


According to court documents, on March 24, 2018 troopers were notified about a 57 year old man messaging an underage girl. The man admitted to messaging the girl, but stopped when he found out she was 16. He willingly gave his cellphone to the investigating state trooper. 


When the trooper went throught the cellphone he found nude pictures exchanged between Underwood and the girl.

At one point Underwood asked the girl how old she is, and she replied, “I’ll be 17 in a few months, but I’ve been on my own pretty much my entire life.” After finding out how old she is the accused messaged, “I was very mischievous…and you’re not bothering me. I like talking to you.”


The two planned to go to Myrtle Beach for sexual purposes. 


Underwood remains in the Southern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.