CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former Ripley police officer pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in federal court on Monday.
George Michael Puskas II, 31, of Ripley, entered a guilty plea in the Southern District of West Virginia, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a news release.
Puskas produced pornographic images of a 16-year-old victim in March 2010, according to the release. Puskas allegedly used a digital camera owned by the police department and a cellphone to produce the child pornography. Puskas was a Ripley police officer from June 2008 to May 2012 and he resigned in May, before his initial arrest, according to the release.
The West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a federal search warrant and seized a computer, a flash drive and other items from Puskas' home on April 6. Federal authorities said Puskas possessed approximately 150 images of child pornography.
Puskas told police he maintained a relationship with the victim until the victim turned 18. On Sept. 14, 2011, Puskas allegedly sent pornographic material to the victim. Puskas faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Oct. 1.