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Former Ripley police officer pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography

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A former Ripley police officer pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin in a press release.

George Michael Puskas II, 31, of Ripley, entered the guilty plea in federal court in Charleston on Monday.

Puskas established a sexual relationship with a then 16-year-old minor in March 2010.  During the relationship, Puskas captured images and a video of the minor having sex or performing sex acts.  Using a digital camera issued by the police department, Puskas taped child pornography.

The former officer also used a cell phone to create images of child pornography. On September 7, 2011, Puskas possessed between 10 and 150 images of child pornography.

Puskas worked as a police officer at the Ripley Police Department from June 2008 until May 2012.  He was an officer with the department at the time of the child pornography violation. Puskas resigned from the Ripley Police Department in May 2012.

On April 6, 2012, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a federal search warrant and seized a computer, a flash drive, and other items that Puskas used to make child pornography.

Puskas also informed police that he maintained a relationship with the minor up until the time the individual turned 18-years-old. On September 14, 2011, Puskas sent the individual an image of the two of them having sex.

Puskas faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced on October 1, 2013.