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October 2, 2014

Medina Man Sentenced to 116 Months in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

COLUMBUS, OH—Andrew M. Bialek, 24, of Medina, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 116 months’ imprisonment and 20 years’ supervised release for receiving child pornography.

Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Kevin R. Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus.

According to court documents, Bialek placed a hidden camera in rooms in various residences in Ohio, Missouri, Kansas and Indiana. Videos recorded by the camera depicted minor females undressing, showering and using the bathroom. While executing a search warrant, investigators also found 121 images of child pornography on Bialek’s computer.

Bialek pleaded guilty on April 11 to receiving child pornography. He was also sentenced to pay $1,200 in restitution.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children as well as to identify and rescue victims.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation by the FBI Columbus Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes officers from the Westerville Police Department, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Hill and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Rausch, who prosecuted the case.

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