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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018

Knox County Man Sentenced for Distributing Pornography of Preschool-Aged Children

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lee Allen Goudy, 24, of Howard, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 78 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for distribution of child pornography.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, and other members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.

According to court documents, investigators learned through a cybertipline report that Goudy was distributing child pornography through email accounts, Dropbox and Kik messenger. When executing a search warrant on Goudy’s electronic devices, agents found more than 600 images of child pornography.

The government’s Sentencing Memorandum in this case details that Goudy frequently initiated communications with others and promoted the “taboo” images of sexual abuse of children as young as two to six years old.

“These communications involved utterly horrific discussions of the most depraved child sexual abuse and torture imaginable,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “Goudy consistently urged others to agree with his views about the sexual abuse of children and on some occasions even encouraged others to sexually abuse children.”

Goudy pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography in September 2016.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the FBI, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Heather A. Hill, who is representing the United States in this case. 

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Updated April 27, 2018