Former W.Va. correctional officer sentenced in child pornography case

July 26, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Brian Lee Sine
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A judge on Monday ordered a former officer at Martinsburg Correctional Center to serve 19 years behind bars for possession of child pornography.

Brian Lee Sine, 39, of Martinsburg was allowed by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III to serve three years of the penitentiary time concurrently, or at the same time, as a federal sentence he is currently serving.

Sine also was fined $20,000 and was ordered by Silver to serve 10 years of supervised release after completing the penitentiary sentence. Sine also was ordered not to have possession of a computer during the supervision period and also to register as a sexual offender with the West Virginia State Police.

"I still don't believe I heard any acceptance of (responsibilities) for what was done," Silver said before sentencing Sine on Monday

Sine, who entered guilty pleas to 10 counts of possession of child pornography contained in an information filed with the court, was charged in April 2009 with 29 counts, according to court records.


Before Silver announced Sine's sentence, the judge mentioned West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.M. Walker's recommendation that the defendant receive the maximum sentence, at least in part due to the defendant's awareness of the law as a correctional officer.

In September 2009, Sine was sentenced in federal district court to 41 months in prison after he entered guilty pleas to two counts of an indictment charging him with counterfeiting and possession of child pornography.

Sine's arrest stemmed from a state police investigation in 2007, when he and another former correctional officer were arrested on multiple counts of counterfeiting, according to court records.

Charges against the other officer were dismissed, according to court records.

Police found pornographic video files on Sine's laptop computer while investigating a wire fraud scheme involving the counterfeit money and a "lady from Africa," according to court records.

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