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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Elyria man indicted for bringing 14-year-old girl from California to Ohio to engage in unlawful sexual activity, as well as child pornography charges

An Elyria man was indicted for bringing a 14-year-old girl from California to Ohio to engage in unlawful sexual activity, as well as child pornography charges.

Jeremy L. Cruz, 39, was indicted on one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in unlawful sexual activity, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of transportation of child pornography.

Cruz, between April 13 through April 18, 2019, knowingly transported a 14 year-old girl, in interstate commerce from California to Ohio, with the intent that such 14 year-old girl engage in sexual activity, according to the indictment.

The indictment also charges that  from on or about January 1, 2017 through on or about April 15, 2019, Cruz knowingly received visual depictions of a real minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment also charges that from April 13 through April 18, 2019, Cruz did knowingly transported numerous visual depictions of  real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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 Los Angeles offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Avon Lake Police Department, Elyria Police Department, Sheffield Lake Police Department and Santa Maria (California) 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(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated May 22, 2019