NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville resident Kevin McDonough, 41, was charged with pandering obscenity involving a minor, along with possession of criminal tools, on April 24.
According to the police report, investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began the investigation in January 2018 after observing a computer with an IP address assigned to a North Ridgeville residence on Park Trail sharing known child pornography via the internet.
Detective Randall Young said he, ICAC and other agencies around the county regularly conduct online investigations involving child pornography.
“ICAC, myself, several other agencies around Lorain County, we regularly conduct these online investigations undercover and it just so happened that ICAC was the lucky winner this time and got the connection,” he said.
He said investigators at this time do not suspect McDonough to be part of a larger ring, but his computers are still being examined.
“Once the threats exams are done, we’ll send to the grand jury for consideration of additional charges and I anticipate there will be more,” he explained.
McDonough was charged with pandering obscenity involving a minor, (disseminating) a second-degree felony and pandering obscenity involving a minor (possession), a fourth-degree felony, following a search of his residence on Park Trail on April 24. The charge for possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, stemmed from the possession of the computer the pornographic material was on.
“In this case, possession of the computer and the software and using those to commit the crime makes those criminal tools.”
He was bound over to the grand jury May 7.