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Cincinnati man pleads guilty to creating child pornography of minor in his care at sleepover

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

CINCINNATI – Scott Surgener, 43, of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to sexually exploiting a minor. As part of the plea, parties involved in his case are recommending a sentence of 20 years in prison.


According to court documents, from April 2018 through July 2019, Surgener engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a minor in his home for the purpose of taking pictures and videos of the sexual abuse. The pictures and videos were taken in Surgener’s residence while the victim, who was younger than 13, was in his care at child sleepovers.


In total, the defendant produced 28 videos and images of the exploitation.


Surgener was charged by a federal criminal complaint in October 2019 and has remained in custody since.


David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Chris Hoffman, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey and Springdale Police Chief Thomas Wells announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle J. Healey is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated February 23, 2021

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