Parkersburg man indicted on child porn charge

CHARLESTON -Matthew John Wiggins, 40, of Parkersburg was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on a charge of access with intent to view child pornography, said United States Attorney Booth Goodwin.

The single-count indictment alleges that on Jan. 17 Wiggins viewed images of child pornography from a computer inside the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library.

If convicted, Wiggins faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to 20 years in prison because of his previous conviction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia for possession of child pornography, Goodwin said.

The West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Parkersburg Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution.

The indictment was brought as part of Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia, he said.