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Cincinnati man sentenced to 20 years in prison for 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, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 240 months in prison for sexually exploiting a minor.


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. He pleaded guilty in February 2021 to producing child pornography.


Surgener was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release following imprisonment and ordered to pay $3,000 in victim restitution.


Vipal J. Patel, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Dan Leeper, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey and Springdale Police Chief Thomas Wells announced the sentence imposed yesterday evening by Senior 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 September 1, 2021

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