Westerville Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Child Pornography
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COLUMBUS – Jason C. Grossman, 31, of Westerville, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of receipt of child pornography, a crime punishable by at least five years and up to 20 years in prison.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, William Hayes, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Ohio and Michigan, and Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott and members of the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), announced the plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost.
According to court documents, in December 2012 Grossman met online someone claiming to be the father of prepubescent children. Grossman discussed the possibility of engaging in sexual activity with the man’s daughter. The “father” was actually an ICAC officer patrolling the internet.
Grossman scheduled an in-person meeting to confirm the details of the planned sexual activity then travel back to the man’s home. When Grossman arrived for the meeting on January 9, 2013, ICAC officers arrested him. Officers executed a search warrant at Grossman’s home and seized computers and storage media. Forensic examinations revealed that Grossman had downloaded approximately 49 images of child pornography from the internet.
Judge Frost will schedule a date for sentencing. Grossman’s sentence could also include being placed under court supervision after serving his prison term for at least five years and up to life. Grossman remains on house arrest until sentencing.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation by ICAC task force officers and HSI Special Agents, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Hill, who is prosecuting the case.