Man facing child pornography charges
BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography, some of which depicted children as young as 4, after a months-long investigation by the West Virginia State Police.
Donald Eugene Taylor, 41, was arrested for distributing and exhibiting of materials depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit content, a felony, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Circuit Clerk’s office.
Corporal Eric Bostic with the Sutton detachment of the WVSP stated that he obtained a post-Miranda digitally recorded statement from Taylor in fall 2019 in which Taylor said he had seen child porn on his phone but he only hit the button because his fingers were so big, according to the criminal complaint. Taylor said the porn was for girls who were legal but it might say teens.
Taylor gave consent to search his electronic devices and Bostic found a computer hard drive and laptop in Taylor’s bedroom.
Taylor alleged that he would type in ‘barely legal’ on a site known as RedTube and the phone would download child porn without him doing anything, according to the criminal complaint.
On May 20, Bostic obtained a CD and report containing the downloaded results from the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in Morgantown for Taylor’s cell phone. The report revealed Taylor’s phone contained 17,621 images and 16 videos that contained child pornography. Some of the material revealed appeared to feature children and stated they were approximately 4 years of age engaging in sexual activities, according to the criminal complaint.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $100,000. Taylor waived his preliminary hearing and the case was transferred to Upshur County Circuit Court. As part of his bond, Taylor is not to be on social media or sites that contain pornography.
If convicted, Taylor faces five to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $25,000.