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Child porn case nets 5 years of probation

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A convicted sex offender will serve five years of probation.

Colin Michael Walker, 29, of Charleston received that sentence in mid-November after Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell suspended a sentence of at least four years in prison.

Walker had pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. His punishment also requires sex offender registration and psychiatric counseling.

A May 2012 indictment initially charged Walker with 15 counts.

It stems from a West Virginia State Police arrest in November 2011. A criminal complaint, filed at the time, states Walker told police he had used a specific file-sharing network to seek out and download child pornography.

State troopers had detected and linked 36 file names to Walker's Internet protocol address. All of the file names contained terms commonly associated with child pornography, the initial complaint states.

The investigation began after State Police received information Oct. 25, 2011, about Internet protocol addresses recently linked to a suspected child pornography file sharing network. That led to State Police finding the 36 file names, detecting child pornography-related activity on the Internet protocol address and tracing that address to Walker's apartment, then located in the 900 block of 5th Avenue in Huntington, the complaint states.

Troopers then obtained and executed a search warrant for Walker's apartment. Walker was the only person with access to the Internet protocol address, the complaint states.

Farrell also ordered punishments in the following, unrelated cases.

Prison ordered in burglary case

John Jason Blevins received a one- to 10-year prison sentence.

Blevins, 44, had pleaded guilty to burglary and petit larceny, which accounted for both counts of his January 2012 indictment.

Woman receives probation in felony attempt

Stephanie Dawn Johnston received one year of probation after Farrell suspended a six-month, one-day jail sentence.

Johnston, 40, of the 300 block of Hutchinson Road in Barboursville, had pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony. She agreed to enter the plea without a grand jury indictment.

Putnam man sentenced in fraud case

Brian Christopher Hillabold received a seven-year prison sentence.

Hillabold, 29, of the 200 block of Bent Tree Drive in Scott Depot, W.Va., had pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent use of an access device.

A September 2011 indictment initially charged Hillabold with 24 counts of forgery and uttering, along with four counts of fraudulent use of an access device and a single count of conspiracy.

Hillabold's record includes convictions on eight prior felonies. He also has charges pending in Putnam County, according to court officials.

Repeat shoplifter gets prison time

Adam Edward Daniels received a one- to 10-year prison sentence.

Daniels, 32, of the 300 block of 39th Street in Huntington, had pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree shoplifting, which accounted for both counts of his March 2012 indictment.

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