Former Ripley officer sentenced in federal child porn case
RIPLEY, W.Va. -- A former Ripley police officer was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in federal prison for possession of child pornography.George Michael Puskas II, 31, of Ripley, will also be placed on 10 years of supervised release after getting out of prison, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Puskas pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in July.
Authorities said Puskas established an online relationship with a 16-year-old girl in March 2010. He produced between 10 and 150 images of child pornography on a police department-issued digital camera and on his personal cell phone, according to the release. Puskas said he maintained a relationship with the girl up until she turned 18.Federal authorities executed a search warrant at Puskas' house in April 2012. He resigned from the Ripley Police Department in May of that year.
Puskas will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the release.