WINFIELD -- A Poca man was found guilty Tuesday of possessing child pornography after his lawyer tried to put the blame on the man's 10-year-old son, saying the boy wanted to impress a teenage girl with the images.
William Burt Shingleton, 45, of Poca, was found guilty in Putnam County Circuit Court of 20 counts of possessing material visually portraying a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He faces 40 years in prison and will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Sept. 12.
A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for about 30 minutes in the trial that began Monday. Shingleton, a father of four, stood shaking his head with his arms folded and eyes closed as Judge Phillip Stowers read "guilty" 20 times.
Shingleton's sons, ages 15, 12 and 10, were present in the courtroom Tuesday as the verdict was read. At that moment they looked to their mother, Angel Shingleton, who was weeping with her head down.
Police seized Shingleton's computer in April 2010 after Shingleton's brother-in-law gave police a thumb drive that his daughter had discovered that contained pornographic images.
Lori Gil of Poca testified during the trial. She has dated the brother of Shingleton's wife for four years and said some family members blame her and her boyfriend for the guilty verdict.
"[William Shingleton] has a 2-month-old baby girl. I have a daughter," Gil said tearfully after the trial. "We had to do something ... Nobody wins in this situation."
Gil said after the verdict that Shingleton and his attorney, James Atkins, of Buffalo, had initially tried to place blame on his 10-year-old son for downloading the images.