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CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014
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CINCINNATI – John Hamilton, 46, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 27 years in prison for recording a video of sexual activity between him and a minor girl between 12 and 16 years old. Hamilton was also ordered to be under court supervision for the rest of his life.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, and agencies in the Greater Cincinnati Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force announced the sentence handed down today by Senior U.S. District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith. 

Hamilton pleaded guilty on June 26, 2013 to one count of production of child pornography. According to court documents, Cincinnati Police received a report in June 2012 that Hamilton had engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Detectives investigating the complaint seized a computer and a forensic analysis revealed that the video was produced on February 21, 2012 in the victim’s home. Forensic analysis did not show any distribution of the video. Hamilton was arrested in October 2012. He has been in custody since his arrest.

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/.

Stewart commended the investigation by Cincinnati Police officers and investigators with the Greater Cincinnati ICAC as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Muncy who is representing the United States in this case.

Agencies participating in the Greater Cincinnati ICAC, in addition to the U.S. Attorney’s Office include the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil and the police departments in Amberley Village, Blue Ash, Cincinnati, and West Chester.

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