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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Dover Man Sentenced to Prison for Transportation of Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Brenton Cronebach, 56, of Dover, Ohio, was sentenced today by Judge Dan Polster to 121 months in prison and five years of supervised release after Cronebach pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography in September of 2021.

“Accessing and transporting child pornography contributes to the abuse and exploitation of children here and around the world,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler. “Today’s sentence demonstrates that these offenses are serious and come with significant penalties.”

According to court documents, on May 12, 2021, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Cronebach’s residence after receiving a tip that numerous files of child pornography had been uploaded to several Google accounts associated with Cronebach.  During the search of the residence, investigators seized a laptop, numerous computer disks and multiple USB storage devices containing more than 10,000 images and 1,000 videos of child pornography.    

During an interview with law enforcement, Cronebach stated that he downloaded the files onto USB drives and then uploaded them to Google in the event the drives were damaged.

This case was investigated by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI, Canton Resident Agency.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Sullivan.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Daniel Ball Daniel.Ball@usdoj.gov
Updated January 13, 2022