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Evidence destroyed in state child porn case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A St. Albans man charged with multiple counts of child pornography has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after evidence was destroyed while his computer was in police custody.

Sixty-eight-year-old Ulysses Grant Yong pleaded guilty to possession of unauthorized computer data. The maximum penalty is a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. No sentencing date was set for Young, a former state Board of Medicine and Medicaid fraud investigator.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster accepted a plea agreement Wednesday after Assistant Prosecutor Ken Starcher said the hard drive containing digital images crashed in the state police lab. A defense expert hired to review the images found none.



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