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

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Portage County man indicted for sexual exploitation of a child and distributing child pornography

A Portage County man was indicted on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, and receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja.

 

Thomas D. Brown, 40, of Atwater, used, persuaded, enticed and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct. This took place from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2015, and again from June 1, 2016, through May 22, 2017, according to the indictment.

 

The indictment also charges that Brown knowingly received and distributed numerous computer files which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. This took place from May 4, 2017, through May 9, 2017.

 

The indictment also charges that on or about May 12, 2017, Brown possessed a computer, a Lexar flash drive and an SD card, each of 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. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation 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.

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Updated June 24, 2017