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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 14, 2016

Cleveland man charged with enticement, sexual exploitation of a child

A Cleveland man was charged with enticement, sexual exploitation of a child and receiving visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Kevin D. Wyrock, 49, knowingly used a cellular phone with Internet connectivity, to persuade, induce, entice, coerce and attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce a 12-year-old girl, to engage in sexual activity for which Wyrock could be charged with a criminal offense. This took place in October 2015, according to the indictment. 

The indictment also charges that during that same time period, Wyrock used, persuaded, enticed and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, knowing and having reason to know that such visual depiction would be transported and transmitted, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, and in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, and such visual depiction was actually transported and transmitted, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, and in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce.   

The indictment also charges that during that same time period, Wyrock  knowingly received, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, numerous digital files, which files contained visual depictions of a real minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and which files had been shipped and transported in and affecting interstate and 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 following an investigation by the Cleveland and Miami offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Juniper (Florida) Police Department.

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.

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 14, 2016