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Parma man faces child pornography charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

Michael L. Sowinski, 62, of Parma, was charged with receiving, distributing, and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment charges that from on or about November 5, 2011, through on or about May 3, 2015, Sowinski knowingly received and distributed, by computer, numerous computer files, which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  It is further alleged that on May 14, 2015, Sowinski possessed a Dell desktop computer, a Western Digital external hard drive, a Hitachi external hard drive, and a Samsung external hard drive, all devices that 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 Attorneys Benedict S. Gullo and Carol M. Skutnik. The case was investigated by the State of Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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.

Updated February 17, 2016

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