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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hartville Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Enticement And Child Pornography

Mark A. Steffee, 43, of Hartville, Ohio, was sentenced to 14 years in prison after previously being found guilty of enticement and possession of child pornography, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Steffee used a computer connected to the Internet to attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce a 14-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity with him. This took place from September 2005 through December 1, 2005, and again from on or about March 5, 2013, through on or about March 27, 2013, according to court documents.

Steffee also possessed a computer that contained child pornography, according to court documements.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A Sullivan following an investigation by the United States Secret Service, the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Hartville Police Department.

Updated March 12, 2015