Ohio AG: Warrants served in statewide child porn bust

2:50 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --  Search warrants were served simultaneously this morning at three homes across the state as of an investigation into the downloading and sharing of child pornography.

Operation Download involved agents from the Ohio Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Initiative and numerous police agencies.

Warrants were served in Mentor, Hamden and Walbridge. Each site has been identified as a site where child porn had been illegally possessed and downloaded. The cases are not related according to Attorney General Mike DeWine.


"Downloading and sharing child pornography is not a victimless crime. The children in the photographs are victimized each time someone views an image," said Attorney General DeWine. "These predators need to know that we are aggressively coming after them."

One person was arrested as a result of Operation Download and charges are pending against other suspects.

Investigators with the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Mentor Police Department, New Richmond Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Vinton County Sheriff's Office, Vinton County Prosecutor's Office and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force assisted in serving the search warrants. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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