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Press Release

Ohio Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Child Exploitation Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Aaron Andrew Dement, 44, of Munroe Falls, Ohio, was sentenced today to 12 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for  attempted enticement of a minor. Dement must also register as a sex offender.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Dement used a dating-chat website to communicate with an individual he believed to be a minor female. Dement admitted to sending the minor female a photo of his genitals and a video of himself masturbating. Dement also asked the minor female to take and send him a photo of her genitalia.

On October 2, 2021, Dement contacted the minor female again and asked her to produce and send him a sexually explicit photo of herself and a sexually explicit voice message. Dement sent the minor female another sexually explicit video of himself. Dement further admitted that from October 7, 2021 until December 13, 2021, he continued to attempt to persuade, induce, entice or coerce the minor child to produce sexually explicit images of herself while also sending her sexually explicit images of himself, through online chats and text messages.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Violent Crime Against Children (VCAC) Task Force.

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Rada Herrald and Kristin F. Scott prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:22-cr-20 and 2:22-cr-199.

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Updated March 2, 2023

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