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

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fostoria man indicted for recording himself sexually assaulting young boys and having more than 1,000 images of child pornography

A Fostoria man was indicted for recording himself sexually assaulting young boys and having more than 1,000 images of child pornography, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony.

Charles Brian O’Neill, 58, was indicted for production of child pornography and receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Investigators responded to O’Neill’s house based upon a tip that he had numerous images of nude boys between the ages of 2 and 17. Investigators located child pornography on O’Neill’s phone and arrested him. A subsequent search of O’Neill’s barn on Bairdstown Road in Wood County contained sexual paraphernalia, condoms and sex toys, as well as children’s costumes, according to court documents.

A review of a computer in the barn showed a video of O’Neill performing sex acts on a prepubescent male. Another video shows O’Neill performing sex acts on a prepubescent male inside a bedroom, according to court documents.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing 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 was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fostoria Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.  

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated April 12, 2018