Police probe alleged library porn case

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg police are continuing an investigation into a man accused of viewing child pornography at the Parkersburg-Wood County Public Library.

Police Sgt. Greg Collins said computer crimes investigator Detective T.P. Wolfe last week received a phone call from an investigator with the West Virginia Office of Information Securities and Control, an entity tasked with monitoring Internet traffic at public libraries. The investigator stated that child pornography was being viewed at the Wood County and Parkersburg Public Library on Emerson Avenue.

“Numerous Parkersburg detectives immediately converged on the library, quickly detaining a Parkersburg man for questioning,” Collins said. Following an interview at police headquarters, a search warrant was executed at the man’s residence in north Parkersburg.

The man has not been charged, Collins said.

“Detective Wolfe is examining and processing all of the evidence, including items obtained during the search warrant, which will determine if charges can be filed against the suspect,” Collins said.

Collins said the man is in custody on unrelated charges.

Almost a year ago, police Chief Joe Martin assigned an officer to investigate Internet crimes against children, designated ICAC, on a full-time basis.

Collins said Wolfe is officially a part of two task forces, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the West Virginia Cyber Crimes Task Force, which is established and funded by the FBI.

“Detective Wolfe is working with the FBI, ICE, WVU, Marshall University and state and local law enforcement agencies to protect our children,” he said.