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Shaker Heights Man Charged with Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 16, 2010
  • Northern District of Ohio (216) 622-3600

A federal grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, returned a three-count indictment charging Dennis J. Cahill, age 62, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, with producing, receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and child pornography, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today.

The indictment charges on or about July 12, 2007, Cahill used, persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct. Additionally, the indictment charges that on or about July 12, 2007, Cahill, knowingly received, by computer, two digital image files, each of which contained a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Additionally, the indictment charges that on October 8, 2010, Cahill possessed a USB storage device containing child pornography.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan. The case was investigated by the Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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