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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Zanesville Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Porn Via Video Game System

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Jordan M. Macenko, 21, of Zanesville, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of receiving child pornography. He admitted to enticing an 11-year old victim in Columbus, Indiana to send an explicit photograph of himself using an online videogame system.

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Marlon V. Miller, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and agencies in the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), announced the plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Michael Watson.

According to court documents, in February 2016, the mother of an eleven-year-old boy in Columbus, Indiana called police regarding inappropriate photos of her son that she found in a PlayStation app on her phone, which was linked to her son’s account. Police interviewed the victim who told them that he had been communicating via his PlayStation system with a man who had offered him a $20 game card if he sent a photo of his genitalia. Investigators recovered evidence from the mother’s phone and the videogame system that led to Macenko.

A search of Macenko’s residence found evidence supporting the victim’s claims.

The plea agreement with Macenko includes a sentence of between 66 and 114 months in prison, followed by a period of time under court supervision to be determined by the judge. Judge Watson will schedule a date for sentencing.

“The key to this case is a vigilant parent who took action immediately when she found a threat to her child,” Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “We know that danger exists any time that anyone is online on any device.”

“As this case underscores, parents who are engaged with their children about safe online activities provide a critical barrier between young people and online predators,” said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Detroit, which covers Michigan and Ohio. “Homeland Security Investigations will continue to aggressively target child predators, but parents, because of their proximity, and as this case clearly demonstrates, often act as the first line of defense.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the HSI, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather A. Hill, who is prosecuting the case.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated September 16, 2016