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Canton man charged with producing child pornography

Aug. 28, 2012

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Anthony Ortiz, age 23, of Canton, Ohio, with producing child pornography, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment charges from on or about December 1, 2010, through on or about October 1, 2011, Ortiz knowingly permitted a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct and such visual depiction was produced using materials that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in interstate or foreign commerce .

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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