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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Four Ohio men indicted in unrelated child pornography cases

Four Ohio men were indicted in federal court on charges related to possession of child pornography, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.

Indicted in the unrelated cases are: Cole A. Wolak, 29, of East Canton; Gary M. Kasunic, 49, of Willowick; Bryan K. Feguson, 56, of Lakewood, and Steven A. Ciccone, 65, of Kent.

Wolak was charged with receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. From on or about December 1, 2015, through on or about January 18, 2016, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Wolak knowingly received and distributed, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, numerous computer files, which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and which files had been shipped and transported in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce.  On February 3, 2016, Wolak possessed two computers, a USB storage device, a secure digital card, an Ipod and a cell phone, each that contained child pornography, according to the indictment.

Kasunic was charged with receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. From on or about August 16, 2012, through on or about January 18, 2013, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Kasunic knowingly received and distributed, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, numerous computer files, which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and which files had been shipped and transported in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce.  On January 18, 2013, Kasunic possessed a computer that contained child pornography, according to the indictment. 

Ferguson was charged with possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. On or about December 7, 2015, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Ferguson knowingly possessed a micro secure digital card and a USB storage device, both that contained child pornography, according to the indictment.

Ciccone was charged with possessing child pornography. On or about February 4, 2016, images of child pornography were found on a DVD in Steven Ciccone’s possession, according to the indictment.            

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.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael A. Sullivan and Carole M. Skutnik following investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 1, 2016