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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Convicted child rapist from Cleveland man sentenced to 24 years in prison for child pornography crimes

A convicted child rapist from Cleveland man was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for child pornography crimes, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.

Roland A. Wolfe, 53, was sentenced to 293 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in federal court to receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and having a computer that contained images of child sexual abuse.

“This case is a testament to the hard work of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, ICAC and the Cleveland State police,” Herdman said. “They each worked to make our community safer.”

Wolfe was at Cleveland State University using the school’s free wi-fi to view images of child pornography and child sexual abuse on his personal laptop in 2016. He was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and obstructing official business, according to court documents.

A subsequent investigation tracked him to a Cleveland homeless shelter, where Wolfe possessed a Dell laptop computer and five USB storage devices, each of which contained child pornography, according to court documents.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael A. Sullivan and Kathryn Andrachik following an investigation by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Cleveland State University Police Department. 

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Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated March 27, 2018