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DAYTON – A United States District Court jury convicted Demian Pina, 34, of Dayton, Ohio of distribution and possession of child pornography.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Troy Police Chief Charles Phelps, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, and members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, announced verdict reached today, which was returned following a trial that began on May 18 before U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.
In November 2010, an undercover investigator working for the Cuyahoga County, Ohio ICAC was investigating individuals sharing child pornography using peer-to-peer networks. The investigator downloaded 12 image and video files containing child pornography from a person using a particular IP address. Records from the Internet Service Provider determined that the IP addressed received service at Demian Pina’s residence. A search warrant was executed at Mr. Pina’s residence in February 2011, in which various electronic media were seized. Subsequent examination of this computer media identified that two of the desktop computers contained images of child pornography.
In November 2012, another undercover investigator working for the Cuyahoga County ICAC downloaded five image files containing child pornography from a person using a different IP address on the same peer-to-peer network. This IP address also received service at Mr. Pina’s residence. On three dates in March 2013, an undercover officer working for the Troy Police Department downloaded via the peer-to-peer network seven image files containing child pornography from the IP address receiving service at Mr. Pina’s residence. A search warrant was executed at Mr. Pina’s residence in June 2013 in which various electronic media were seized. Subsequent examination of this computer media identified that a desktop computer, laptop, and an external hard drive contained images and videos of child pornography.
Mr. Pina was identified as the individual distributing child pornography on the peer-to-peer network. He was indicted in February 2014 on five counts of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. On June 25, 2015, following a four day jury trial, Mr. Pina was found guilty of all seven counts.
Pina faces between 5 and up to 20 years in prison on the distribution counts and up to 10 years imprisonment on the possession counts. He has been in custody since his arrest on February 26, 2014 and is scheduled for sentencing on October 16, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the cooperative investigation of this case by the FBI, Troy and Dayton Police Departments, and ICAC task force members. Assistant United States Attorneys Christy L. Muncy and Alex Sistla are representing the government in this case.