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Kearneysville man pleads guilty to possession of child porn

Christopher William Oden, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison

November 03, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Kearneysville, W.Va., resident entered a plea of guilty this week in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Christopher William Oden, 40, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with possession of child pornography on Feb. 17, 2011, in Jefferson County, W.Va., according to a news release.

At the time of the offense, Oden was a registered sex offender as the result of his 2010 conviction in Onslow County, N.C., for indecent liberties with a child. Oden, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, the release stated.

The case against Oden began in January 2011 when the West Virginia State Police's Crimes Against Children Unit was contacted to investigate an allegation that Oden was involved in a relationship with a 17-year old female.

State Police then teamed with the U.S. Marshals Service and obtained a search warrant for Oden's home in Jefferson County and seized his laptop computer. A forensic analysis of the seized computer revealed that Oden possessed graphic video files of the female victim. The investigation also established that Oden had provided graphic photos of himself to the female victim, and that he had first became involved with her when she was 16 years of age.

"Sex offenders are not welcome in West Virginia and we work daily as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to rid West Virginia of on-line predators and we will continue to pursue these offenders through every means possible," said Sgt. Chris Casto, deputy director of the West Virginia State Police's Crimes Against Children Unit.

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