UPDATE: Former Marshall Student Sentenced in Child Porn Case

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/10/12
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former Marshall University student will be heading to prison for 14 years as part of his Alford plea to downloading and possessing multiple images of child porn.

John Millard Perdue, 55, will also serve 40 years of supervised release when he gets out of prison.

Perdue entered the Alford plea back in November as jury selection was getting underway in his trial.

The case dates back to February 2007 when Perdue was indicted by a Cabell County Grand Jury on 70 counts of child porn. Prosecutors say the images were downloaded on computers at the Marshall University library and at Perdue’s home. This took place in February 2006.

During Perdue’s arraignment, Prosecutor Chris Chiles say some of the images showed young children being raped.

Chiles also said that Perdue would take magazines and cut kids faces out and paste them on adult porn pictures and then write stories about them.

He also said that Perdue possessed non-pornographic pictures of children that were taken at Harris Riverfront Park.

In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/02/11
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former Marshall University student charged with downloading and possessing multiple images of child porn has entered an Alford plea to the charges, and now faces time in prison.

It is a case that dates back to February 2007 when John Millard Perdue, now 55, was indicted by a Cabell County Grand Jury on 70 counts of child porn. Prosecutors say the images were downloaded on computers at the Marshall University library and at Perdue’s home. This took place in February 2006

During Perdue’s arraignment, Prosecutor Chris Chiles say some of the images showed young children being raped.

Chiles also said that Perdue would take magazines and cut kids faces out and paste them on adult porn pictures and then write stories about them.

He also said that Perdue possessed non-pornographic pictures of children that were taken at Harris Riverfront Park.

On Tuesday, Perdue’s case finally went to trial in Cabell County Circuit Court.

But during jury selection, he decided to enter an Alford plea to seven counts of possessing material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Perdue is set to be sentenced December 15. He faces up to 14 years in prison.

In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.


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