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A 60-year-old Mercer County man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports.

Johnny Richard Rowe, a resident of Bluewell, admitted he had pictures of pre-pubescent children having sex or performing sex acts on his personal computer in June, Goodwin said.

Rowe, who appeared Jan. 6 before U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield, is scheduled for sentencing on May 12.

Goodwin said  the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Mercer County Sheriff's Department conducted the investigation, while Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. 

He said the case is part of an ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the southern district of West Virginia.