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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Strongsville man faces child pornography charges

Ross J. Cozens, 68, of Strongsville, was charged with receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The Indictment charges that from on or about September 22, 2007, through on or about June 16, 2014, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Cozens knowingly received, 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 December 16, 2014, Cozens possessed a computer, an external hard drive and a USB storage device, each that contained child pornography.

If convicted, the sentence in this case will be determined by the court after consideration of the federal sentencing guidelines which depend upon a number of factors unique to each case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the unique 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 United States Postal Inspection Service.

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.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 6, 2015