Man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

Putnam County man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Putnam County man faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleaded guilty today to a child pornography crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Scott Allen Forloine II, 36, of Scott Depot, entered his guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

Forloine admitted that in April 2015, he possessed over 600 images and videos of minors engaged in sexual acts. Many of the images and videos depict prepubescent minors. The images and videos were located on his personal computer located in his residence. The investigation also revealed that Forloine was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download, receive, and distribute child pornography.

“My office is committed to the fight against those who contribute to the exploitation and abuse of children,” said United States Attorney Casto. “We will use every available tool to work with our law enforcement partners to track these criminals down and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. The defendant is facing a significant sentence that should serve as a warning to anyone who victimizes children.”

The sentencing is scheduled for May 22, 2017.

The FBI, the West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Parkersburg Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

This case is being brought as part of an ongoing initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.