Barbour County man indicted on child pornography charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jon Travis Yost, of Philippi, West Virginia, was indicted on child pornography charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.

Yost, 27, was indicted on one count of “Transportation of Child Pornography – Previous conviction,” one count of “Possession of Child Pornography – Previous Conviction,” one count of “Production of Child Pornography – Previous conviction,” and one count of “Attempted Production of Child Pornography – Previous conviction.” Yost, who was previously convicted of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault in Barbour County, is accused of producing, having, and sending child pornography from September 2019 to May 2020 in Barbour County.

Yost faces at least 15 and up to 40 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the transportation charge, faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the possession charge, and faces at least 25 years and up to 50 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the production and attempted production charges. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The FBI and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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