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ICAC: 20 Northeast Ohio adults charged with child porn

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Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, along with 20 other law enforcement agencies, completed the seven-month "Operation Rise and Shine" with indictments and charges against 20 local men and one juvenile.

Operation Rise and Shine, under the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, targeted traders of child pornography across Ohio.

From March 2012 through October 2012, law enforcement officers from twenty-one law enforcement agencies executed 31 search warrants on homes in 19 communities throughout Cuyahoga County.

Officers seized 2,455 items such as computers, external hard drives, thumb drives, CDs, DVDs, and other electronic storage devices.

According to McGinty, Michael Kleinschmidt, 51, of Cleveland, was charged in a 103-count indictment that includes downloading, trading, and possessing child pornography.

Between May 2012 and August 2012, Kleinschmidt traded child pornography over the Internet from his residence. ICAC investigators identified thirty known or suspected child pornographic images or videos available for sharing.

Kleinschmidt was previously indicted and pleaded guilty in December 1992, to one count of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance and four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. He was sentenced in January 1993 to one and a half years in prison.

Walter Jacobsen, 46, of North Olmsted, was charged in a 24-count indictment that includes downloading, trading, and possessing child pornography. He is an employee of the Positive Education Program which is designed to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.

On August 10, 2012, an investigator with the Ohio ICAC Task Force was conducting an investigation into the use of peer-to-peer file sharing programs. While conducting the investigation, it was discovered that a computer with an IP address associated with Jacobsen's North Olmsted residence was sharing a file containing child pornography. Jacobsen continues to deny purposefully downloading child pornography and is currently on administrative leave from PEP.

Robert Holpuch, 57, of Valley View, a volleyball official for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, was charged in a 4-count indictment that includes attempted rape, attempted kidnapping, attempted compelling prostitution, and possessing criminal tools.

On October 29, 2012, undercover ICAC investigators posted an advertisement on the Internet. Holpuch immediately responded to the ad by e-mail. After additional conversation via e-mail and text, Holpuch agreed to pay $100 to the undercover investigator to engage in sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl.

After traveling to a local hotel, Holpuch was arrested and found to be in possession of $131 in cash, a bottle of alcohol and massage oils.

McGinty said the following adult defendants were indicted in the operation:

David Chmielewski, 45, of Bay Village

Jason Duhamel, 28, of Cleveland

Peter Hale, Jr., 56, of Cleveland

Clayton Holler, Jr., 30, of Parma

Robert Holpuch, 57, of Valley View

Robert Humphrey, 64, of Shaker Heights

Walter Jacobsen, 46, of North Olmsted

Michael Kleinschmidt, 51, of Cleveland

Maher Lababidi, 33, of Lakewood

Bruce Mazur, 63, of Strongsville

Keith Marks, 56, of Cleveland

Erik Miller, 29, of Seven Hills

Robert Palmerio, 72, of Lyndhurst

Jared Recob, 24, of Cleveland

Gregory Ross, 49, of Parma

John Snider, 68, of Lakewood

Alpher Torres, 38, of Cleveland

Chad Wain, 29, of Berea

Ronald Waynerka, 55, of Parma

Patrick Ziska, 22, of Strongsville

This operation also resulted in 76 additional cases being referred to 57 law enforcement agencies in Ohio and one law enforcement agency in Michigan.

The Northeast Ohio ICAC Task Force was created in 2000 to combat the rise of Internet crime against children. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice provided additional funding for the Task Force to expand statewide.

The Task Force now has 321 law enforcement partners across Ohio. Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty is the chair of the statewide Task Force.

The following law enforcement agencies assisted in Operation Rise and Shine: Bay Village Police Department, Berea Police Department, Brecksville Police Department, Brooklyn Heights Police Department, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Cuyahoga County Sherriff's Office-Detective Bureau and Impact Unit, Euclid Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Lakewood Police Department, Lyndhurst Police Department, North Olmsted Police Department, Parma Police Department, Seven Hills Police Department, Shaker Heights Police Department, South Euclid Police Department, Strongsville Police Department, United States Postal Inspectors, Valley View Police Department and the Village of Timberlake Police Department.

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