Tuscarawas County man indicted for child pornography crimes
Elmer S. McMasters, 28, of Uhrichsville, was charged with receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
McMasters knowingly received and distributed numerous computer files which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. This took place between October 2016 through March 2017. On April 18, 2017, McMasters possessed a cellular phone which contained child pornography, according to the indictment.
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 U.S. Attorney Michael A. Sullivan following an investigation 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.