A Fairmont resident was convicted this week after a two-day jury trial, presided over by Judge Irene M. Keeley, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney Northern District of W.Va.
Clyde Bates, 67, was convicted on one count of possession of child pornography on August 27, 2010, in Fairmont. Officials said evidence presented at the trial indicated that Bates possessed a large number of images depicting pre-pubescent girls and boys involved in sexual acts.
Bates has to forfeit one Apple MacBook notebook computer as well as any items constituting or containing child erotica including printed-out stories describing sexual encounters involving children, as part of his conviction, according to the news release.
Bates is currently in custody pending sentencing and faces a maximum exposure of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, officials said.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the W.Va. State Police Crimes Against Children Unit and the Fairmont Police Department.