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Southern District of Ohio

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Former Ohio Music Instructor Sentenced to 25 Years for Production of Child Pornography

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian M. Sze, 36, of Seattle, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 25 years in prison for production of child pornography.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Marlon V. Miller, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs and members of the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.

According to court documents, the investigation began in July 2015 after a tip was reported to ICAC, which indicated that Sze had engaged in sexually suggestive communications with a minor.  The investigation revealed that Sze had also engaged in illicit sexual contact with a minor and caused recordings of the child engaged in sexual activity to be recorded.

“The defendant was a teacher, entrusted with the care of countless students,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “Mr. Sze’s abusive sexual acts with a child may forever distort the child’s understanding of healthy sexual relationships and sentence the child to a potential lifetime of distrust, anger and shame. Today’s sentence is reflective of the life-long damage his actions have caused.”

Sze pleaded guilty in March to one count of production of child pornography.

The Franklin County ICAC Task Force is a multi-agency effort dedicated to the fight against computer facilitated crimes against children. The following agencies are members:

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

Ohio ICAC

Grove City Police Department

Columbus Police Department

Grandview Heights Police Department

Westerville Police Department

Hilliard Police Department

Franklin County Prosecutor's Office

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Ohio Attorney General’s Office (BCI)

The Ohio State University Police Department

Upper Arlington Police Department

Circleville Police Department

Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorney's Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children as well as to identify and rescue victims.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the members of the ICAC Task Force for the cooperative investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather A. Hill, who is representing the United States in this case.

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Updated November 23, 2016