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Parkersburg man sentenced for child pornography

CHARLESTON — A Parkersburg man was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.

Timothy Paul Rapson, 39, pleaded guilty in April to using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to distribute child pornography on Dec. 31, 2019. The investigation revealed Rapson possessed more than 76,000 such images and videos, many of which depicted prepubescent minors, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Upon his release, Rapson will be required to serve a term of 20 years of supervised release and to register as a sex offender.

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and praised the investigative work of the Parkersburg Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Julie M. White handled the prosecution.

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. imposed the sentence.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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