MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 65-year-old Berkeley County man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg to possession of more than 17,000 images of child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II’s office said Tuesday.
Larry Bean of Gerrardstown, W.Va., who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The images were found on a laptop computer, media discs, floppy discs and a mobile phone that authorities seized at his home on April 19, 2011, a news release said.
The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse that was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, the release said.
Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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, the release said.
Bean’s case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camillett, and investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
More information about Project Safe Childhood can be found on the Internet at www.projectsafechildhood.gov.