EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Ripley Officer Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case
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Reported by: Mamie Buoy
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 1, 2013 5:41 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 3, 2013 4:28 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A former Ripley police officer pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and having a sexual relationship with a minor.
George Puskas II, 31, of Ripley, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Charleston. He admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl in March 2010, and maintained that relationship until the girl was 18. Investigators said Puskas used his police-issued digital camera and his cellphone to produce images and a video of the minor performing sex acts.
After the victim turned 18, Puskas sent her a video of them having sex. West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched his home in April 2012 and seized a computer, a flash drive and other items he allegedly used to produce child pornography.
Puskas was employed as a police officer with the Ripley Police Department from June 2008 until May 2012 when he resigned.
Puskas faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Oct. 1.
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