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Feds arrest Elyria man on child porn charges

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An Elyria man is among 1,700 suspected online child sex offenders recently charged with federal crimes following a two-month investigation and subsequent crackdown by Internet Crimes Against Children task forces across the nation.

Eric D. Burrows, 59, is charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland with receiving, possessing and accessing with intent to view child pornography. According to a federal indictment, Burrows received numerous computer files which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The alleged crimes took place between February and April 2018, according to the indictment. During the same time period, Burrows allegedly accessed, with intent to view, material that contained an image of child pornography, with at least one image involving a victim who had not yet turned 12.

On April 16, according to his indictment, Burrows possessed a computer that contained child pornography, and at least one image involved a victim who had not yet turned 12.

ICAC task forces recently identified 308 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 357 children who suffered recent, ongoing or historical sexual abuse or were exploited in the production of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman.

The 61 ICAC task forces, in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, led the coordinated operation known as “Broken Heart” during April and May.

During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 18,500 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes targeting children and delivered more than 2,150 presentations on internet safety to more than 201,000 youth and adults.

“These are cases with real victims, children whose lives will be forever changed because adults assaulted and violated them,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said.

The operation targeted suspects who produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; engage in the sex trafficking of children; and travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.

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