Harrison County man charged with distribution and possession of child pornography

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A Harrison County man appeared in magistrate court Wednesday morning to face charges of distribution and possession of child pornography.

Police issued a warrant for 37-year-old James Kern of Clarksburg after a federal agency conducted an undercover investigation of his IP address in April 2018.

Investigators found 83 images of child pornography had been downloaded from a computer using that IP address.

Bridgeport Police said Kerns admitted to being in possession of child pornography during the timeframe of the investigation. Magistrate Keith Marple granted Kern a continuance as he seeks legal counsel.

The investigation was conducted through the WV State Police ICAC task force, which found a total of 85 images.

Distribution and possession of child pornography is a felony.

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