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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Warren man faces child pornopraphy charges

A Warren man was indicted on child pornography charges, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

David Hafely, 19, was charged with receiving, distributing, transporting and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment charges that from on or about November 22, 2015 through on or about January 4, 2016, Hafely knowingly received and distributed numerous computer files which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. 

The indictment also charges that from on or about November 22, 2015 through on or about January 4, 2016, Hafely knowingly transported numerous visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment also charges that on or about January 5, 2016, Hafely possessed a Kindle Fire HD Tablet, 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 following an investigation by the Cleveland office of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the 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.

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Updated December 14, 2016