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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two Cincinnati Individuals Charged with Conspiracy to Sex Traffic Child, Produce Child Pornography

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged Eric Zyn Ho, 25, and Bryan Mathew Otero, 27, both of Cincinnati, with conspiracy to sex traffic children and conspiracy to produce child pornography in an indictment returned in Cincinnati. Both defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court at 1:30pm today for arraignment on the indictment.

 

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 Field Office and other members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force announced the indictment.

 

The indictment alleges that earlier this month the defendants conspired to harbor a 14-year-old female and cause her to engage in a commercial sex act. Ho and Otero also allegedly conspired to coerce the minor victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of creating child pornography.

 

Both defendants were charged by criminal complaint and arrested on May 4 and remain in custody.

 

Conspiracy to sex traffic children is a crime punishable by up to life in prison. Conspiracy to produce child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison up to 30 years.

 

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Kyle J. Healey, who is prosecuting the case.

 

An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated May 24, 2017