Prison Time For Coach

WELLSBURG – A Wintersville man and coach for a traveling softball team has been sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to four counts of possessing child pornography.

Brooke County Circuit Judge Ronald Wilson handed down the sentence Monday for James Alan Sepik, 46, of Wintersville. Wilson also ruled Sepik will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years following his release.

Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki said Sepik could have faced numerous other counts of possession of child pornography for hundreds of other images found on a flash drive belonging to him. The flash drive, which police said contained child pornography downloaded from the Internet, was found on June 26 near the Follansbee softball field by a woman who turned it over to police, according to court documents.

Barki said an investigation by West Virginia State Police found no evidence that any of the images on the flash drive were of softball players Sepik knew, or that Sepik had made inappropriate contact with the players.

Wilson asked how police determined the flash drive belonged to Sepik.

Barki said the flash drive contained documents bearing Sepik’s name and upon his arrest, Sepik admitted the pornographic images were his.