HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Former Mineral County commissioner Stephen C. Sluss has been sentenced to six years in prison for possession of child pornography.

From Staff Reports
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Former Mineral County commissioner Stephen C. Sluss has been sentenced to six years in prison for possession of child pornography.
Sluss, 59, of Scott Depot, West Virginia, had pled guilty earlier this year to the pornography charges, admitting that he had received videos of minor children engaged in sexual acts in April 2017.
Investigation had shown that Sluss used a web-based chatting service to access and download child pornography. He also admitted to possessing more than 600 images and videos of minors engaged in sex acts, some of which involved sadistic conduct, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Sluss was ordered last week to serve 15 years of federal supervised release after completion of his prison term, and will also be required to register as a sex offender.
He was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $5,000.
"These are violent, heinous, disgusting crimes," U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a news release. "Child sexual exploitation investigations and prosecutions are a priority for my office. Sluss’s sentence reflects the seriousness of these crimes."
Sluss, a former Fort Ashby resident, served one term on the Mineral County Commission (1987-92) and one term in the House of Delegates (1983-84).
He was initially arrested and charged with the federal crimes in December. Prior to that, the Mineral County Commission had voted to contract with him to help collected delinquent taxes.
Following his arrest, the commissioners voted to dissolve that contract.