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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 12, 2014

Ohio Man Charged with Child Exploitation Crimes

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – On December 3, 2014, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Isaiah Chiles of Springfield, Ohio, charging him with production of child pornography, enticing a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, and receipt and distribution of child pornography.  Chiles was arrested in Springfield, Ohio, on December 10, 2014.  The indictment and arrest was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

The indictment alleges that on or about May 1, 2014, Chiles knowingly used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct.  The indictment also alleges that on or about May 1, 2014, Chiles knowingly attempted to entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.  Finally, the indictment alleges that Chiles knowingly received and distributed child pornography. 

The indictment results from an investigation by the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Tallahassee and Cincinnati offices, and officers from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Florida and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio.  The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason Beaton.

This prosecution is being brought as part of the Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial in a court of law.

 The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. Our office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

Updated January 26, 2015