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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2019

Registered sex offender pleads guilty to enticing young men to produce child pornography

Faces at least 25 years in prison

DAYTON – Brendan J. Eardly, 48, of Troy, Ohio pleaded guilty to producing child pornography by enticing at least seven juvenile males in Ohio and elsewhere to engage in explicit sexual conduct for the purpose of producing pornographic videos.

Eardly also pleaded guilty to committing a felony as a registered sex offender. He faces at least 15 years in prison for producing the child pornography and at least an additional ten years for committing a felony as a registered sex offender.

According to court documents, Eardly set up accounts on multiple social media platforms and communicated with more than 60 juveniles around the world, offering to provide them with advice about sex. Eardly sent some of them sexually explicit videos of himself and pornographic videos of other men engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Eardly pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice on November 14. Eardly was ordered held in custody until sentencing, which is scheduled for March 16, 2020.

Terms of the plea agreement include a requirement that Eardly forfeit the computer, cell phones and computer storage media including 17 CD’s, an external hard drive and three thumb drives he used to commit the crimes.

At the time he committed the crimes, he was required to register as a sex offender due to a case in Miami County in 2004.

David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Joseph Deters, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Troy Police Chief Charles Phelps, and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office announced the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney SaMee Harden is representing the United States in this case.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated November 15, 2019