One-time Harrison County cheerleading & gymnastics coach pleads guilty to child pornography charge

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - A one-time Harrison County cheerleading and gymnastics coach admitted to a child pornography charge in federal court.

Jeremy Smith, 37, of Clarksburg, was arrested and charged for possessing child pornography in March 2018. Authorities said he possessed images of a child under the age of 12.

Smith pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi.

Smith faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as identify and rescue victims, officials said.

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