Man pleads guilty to child porn charge after investigation by Parkersburg Police and FBI

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A West Virginia man pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge on Monday, after an investigation involving Parkersburg Police and state and federal agencies.

On Monday, in U.S. District Court in Charleston, Charles William Lourett, 62, of Cross Lanes, W.Va., pleaded guilty to one felony count of Receiving Child Pornography.

U.S. Federal Prosecutors say Lourett admitted to investigators that on September 22, 2016, he received a video of a minor engaged in sex acts and downloaded it to his home computer.

Further investigation revealed Lourett was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download, receive, and distribute child pornography on his home computer.

Lourett told investigators he possessed over 600 images and videos of minors engaged in sex acts.

Lourett will be sentenced on May 22, 2018, and he faces 5-to-20 years in federal prison.

Upon his release from prison, Lourett will be required to register as a Sex Offender, and required to serve a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life.

This investigation was conducted jointly by Parkersburg Police, West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the FBI, and the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force.