By Frank Lewis
A Lucasville man has been indicted in a 63-count indictment charging him with pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor. Chad E. Stump, 30, was originally arrested as the result of an investigation conducted by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the Attorney General’s Crimes Against Children unit, which is a division of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said he was arrested on May 8, 2014, after investigators went to his home on Inskeep Road and seized computer equipment. Stump subsequently posted bond on that arrest. Kuhn said, in the original indictment, in June of 2014, he was charged with 10 counts.
“We just got a forensic report back which has led us to seek a superseding indictment,” Kuhn said. “With information from some of the property they had seized back in 2014, we have recently gotten a forensic report on that and based on that report sought these additional charges.
The superseding indictment replaces the original indictment and results in 63 charges of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.
“Crimes against children are among the worst crimes that we investigate, which is why we are very aggressive in combating these types of crimes,” Donini said at the time of Stump’s arrest.
According to the original report the offenses occurred between Dec. 1, 2013 and May 5, 2014.
“I was contacted by BCI&I stating that they have located child pornography in our county,” Scioto County Sheriff’s detective Jodi Conkel said in the report narrative. “I had them email me the information on this case to get a search warrant. They also stated they would fed-ex the pornography to me.”
Conkel corrected the narrative by telling the Daily Times it was not a warrant but was actually a summons.
Kuhn said his case will be set for a pretrial and he will be arraigned on the superseding indictment and a trial date will be set.
“Those who share child pornography victimize the children in the images over and over again each time a picture is viewed or a video is watched,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “Law enforcement agencies in Ohio work each and every day to identify those responsible for spreading child pornography, and I created the Crimes Against Children Unit so that the state can assist local agencies in stopping the victimization.”
Scioto County Sheriff’s detective Jodi Conkel is handling the investigation.
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