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Bluefield man charged with 148 counts of child porn

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    Mercer County Sheriff's Department WV Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Criminal Complaint Narrative On January 9, 2014, the undersigned officer obtained a search warrant for 1001 FranklinMore >>
    Mercer County Sheriff's Department WV Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Criminal Complaint Narrative On January 9, 2014, the undersigned officer obtained a search warrant for 1001 FranklinMore >>

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - A Mercer County man has been arrested on nearly 150 counts related to possession of child pornography.

Police say 18-year-old Joshua Poff of Bluefield was taken into custody Thursday morning. He's charged with 148 counts of receiving and possessing material visually portraying a minor engaged in sexually-explicit conduct.

Poff was arraigned Thursday afternoon before Magistrate James Dent who set bond at $50,000. Poff was to be taken to Southern Regional Jail following the arraignment.

Following is the full news release on the arrest:

Sheriff Don Meadows stated that on January 10, 2014, Corporal Steven A. Sommers, a Detective with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department and an Investigator with the WV Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant in the Bluefield area of Mercer County that resulted in the seizure of computers and other electronics belonging to Joshua D. Poff of Bluefield, WV.

Detective-Corporal Steven A. Sommers interviewed Joshua Poff after the execution of the search warrant during which he admitted to possessing, downloading, and receiving child pornography; he was released pending further investigation.

Detective-Corporal Steven A. Sommers was assisted with the execution of the search warrant by other Deputies and the Bluefield Police Department.

On January 23, 2014, Joshua Poff was arrested by Detective-Corporal Steven A. Sommers for 148 counts of receiving and possessing material visually portraying a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Mr. Poff is being held at Mercer County Sheriff's Department awaiting arraignment in Princeton, Magistrate Court which is scheduled for 1:00 pm this date.

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