Wirt County man sentenced on federal child-porn, gun charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) A Wirt County man was sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison for his guilty plea to child-pornography and gun charges.

Dusten S. Cottrell, 40, of Palestine, was also ordered to serve 20 years of supervised release after completing his sentence, had he will be required to register as a sex offender.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Charleston, Cottrell pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and being a prohibited person in possession of firearms.

Authorities say he admitted to having photos and videos of prepubescent minors engaged in sex acts.

The investigation also found that Cottrell used the cellphone application Kik to access, download and distribute child pornography. Authorities say he also admitted to having more than 600 images and videos of minors engaged in sex acts and that some of those images involved sadistic conduct.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the gun charge stems from a 1999 conviction of sexual abuse of a minor in Jackson County Circuit Court and Cottrell’s admission that he used methamphetamine on a weekly basis.

The West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Parkersburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives assisted in the investigation.