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Cincinnati Man Charged with Promoting Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged James Denney, 30, of Cincinnati, with two counts related to the promotion of child pornography in an indictment returned in Cincinnati.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Steve Francis, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced the indictment returned today.


The indictment alleges that in December Denney knowingly promoted a URL on the DarkWeb containing child pornography and that Denney allegedly aided another in accessing the pornography of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.


According to investigators, Denney allegedly provided an undercover agent with web links to an online board featuring dozens of links to child pornography chat rooms, video/image board sites, as well as “community” support groups and online security advice for child pornographers.


Promoting a URL that contains child pornography is punishable by a range of five to 20 years in prison. Aiding in accessing child pornography carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. Each crime also includes a potential lifetime of supervised release.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by HSI, and Assistant United States Attorney Karl P. Kadon, who is prosecuting the case.


An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Updated January 4, 2017

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