EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Hurricane Councilman Sentenced To Prison
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Aug. 23, 2013 1:12 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 23, 2013 1:38 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
A former Hurricane city councilman has been sentenced to prison for sending explicit text messages to a teenage girl.
Scott Cunningham pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of sending obscene material by cell phone. He made his plea in front of Putnam County Circuit Judge Joseph Reeder.
Cunningham resigned his position on the council when he was arrested in June 2012.
The Crimes Against Children unit had been investigating Cunningham for months before his arrest. Police said Cunningham was sending explicit text messages to a 13-year-old and requested that she send pictures of herself to him.
Reeder sentenced Cunningham to one year in prison and to pay a $1,000 fine. Cunningham also will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
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