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October 30, 2015

North Ridgeville Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Crimes

A North Ridgeville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison related to distribution of child pornography, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office.

Sean M. Barnhill, 37, was previously convicted of distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Barnhill knowingly received and distributed, by computer, numerous computer files, which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. This took place from August 1, 2014, through August 30, 2014. Barnhill accessed with intent to view images of child pornography on his computer between September 1, 2013 and January 8, 2015, according to court documents.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carol M. Skutnik. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Elyria Office.

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