KEYSER - In light of recent reports that an attorney they recently entered into an agreement with is facing federal child pornography charges, the Mineral County Commission has called a special meeting for this morning to re-examine that agreement.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - In light of recent reports that an attorney they recently entered into an agreement with is facing federal child pornography charges, the Mineral County Commission has called a special meeting for this morning to re-examine that agreement.
The commissioners agreed in July to contract with Stephen Sluss of Scott Depot, West Virginia, to assist them in collecting delinquent taxes.
At the time, county coordinator Drew Brubaker told the commissioners that Sluss, a Frankfort District native and former Mineral County commissioner himself, had contacted  his office and “is ready to represent Mineral County” in pursuing unpaid taxes.
Noting that having Sluss assist in tax collection would “take the burden off the sheriff,” the commissioners agreed to retain Sluss, a former employee of the Putnam County assessor’s office.
Earlier this month, however, Sluss was charged with receipt of child pornography on his home computer following an investigation that started in May, according to WCHS News in Charleston/Huntington.
WCHS reported that Sluss had allegedly used the screen name “mckicker40” to receive child pornography on an online group chat site. On May 13, that site alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the user “mckicker40” was believed to have uploaded images of possible child pornography.
An investigation was launched, and according to the report, Sluss admitted to using the online site to download child pornography.
A search warrant was obtained, and Sluss then allegedly admitted again to receiving pornographic images.
He is currently jailed in Kentucky.
Sluss served as a Mineral County commissioner in the late 1980s, and prior to that had served in the House of Delegates. After moving to the Charleston area, he served 20 years as a Kanwha County employee in various positions.
Brubaker said the purpose of today’s meeting, set for 11 a.m., was to discuss the current agreement between Sluss and Mineral County.
“I anticipate action being taken,” he told the News Tribune.
The meeting is open to the public.