Rittman man faces child pornography charges
Bryan Blankenship, 24, of Rittman, was charged with receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The indictment charges that from on or about July 22, 2015, through on or about January 11, 2016, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Blankenship 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. The indictment also charges that on March 24, 2016, Blankenship possessed a computer and a hard drive, 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.
The case was investigated by the Canton Office of 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.