CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Jackson County man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for a child pornography crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Connor Anthony Putillion, 23, of Ripley, previously entered his guilty plea in January 2019 to one count of attempted receipt of child pornography. Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
“These are horrendous crimes,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Guys like Putillion that prey on innocent children need to be locked up.”
Putillion admitted to asking a 13-year-old minor to send him sexually explicit photographs via Snapchat, although the minor never complied with his repeated requests. Putillion admitted that he had previously driven the same 13-year-old minor from West Virginia to Virginia, where he groped her genital area over her clothing. Putillion had at least one other video of suspected child pornography on this cell phone.
Following his release from prison, Putillion will spend 25 years on federal supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Rada Herrald and Emily Wasserman handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin handed down today’s sentence.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
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