Mansfield man indicted on child pornography charges
A Mansfield man was indicted in federal court on child pornography charges, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Mitchell A. Owens, 29, was charged with receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Owens 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. This took place between August and September 2016, according to the indictment.
The indictment also charges that on or about October 11, 2016, Owens possessed a computer hard drive which contained child pornography.
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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Mansfield Police Department and the Canton 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.