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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Ohio Man Sentenced to 240 Months in Prison

For Child Exploitation Offense

FORT WAYNE – Lon Cassabon, 52 years old, of Perrysburg, Ohio, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Holly A. Brady on his plea of guilty to the distribution of material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Cassabon was sentenced to 240 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, a Wisconsin investigation of online child exploitation activity on a social media application led to communication with Cassabon in January 2020. At the time, Cassabon was living in Waterloo, Indiana.  The investigation revealed that Cassabon was actually an administrator of several groups on this application dedicated to the trading of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and that he was actively distributing sexually explicit images of minors within these groups – which Cassabon later admitted.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Indiana State Police, and the Winnebago County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to 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 .

 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 31, 2022