Crime

Ohio Man Faces Animal-Child Pornography Charges

| by Denise Recalde

A man in Ohio has been arrested for sharing child pornography videos online that featured young children being made to have sex with animals. 

Russell Conrad, 30, of Morristown, has been charged by police with six counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of pandering obscenities involving a minor, WCMH reports via WSPA.

Law enforcement officials stated they believe the suspect has been sharing the videos on the internet and may press other charges as the investigation ensures. 

According to a detective, the illegal material may have been filmed in a foreign country and then downloaded by the suspect in the United States, WTRF-TV reports.  

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The attorney of the accused has not issued a statement yet. 

Police officers in Brunswick, who cooperate with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force, had detected someone was downloading illegal child pornography from the internet. 

The Brunswick police notified the Belmont County Sheriff's Office, which obtained a search warrant on April 4 to inspect Conrad's home, located on the Ohio-West Virginia border, according to The Associated Press. 

Officers have described the videos as "horrific." Conrad is being held in jail on a $60,000 bond. 

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In January, a deputy police officer was arrested for posting a video on the internet which featured him having sex with an animal.

In January, Texas officer Andrew C. Sustaita Jr., who worked for the Harris County Sheriff's Office and who had recently been moved to the Crime Control Division, was relieved of his duty as a result of his arrest.

According to KTRK, deputies uncovered more than 200 child pornography photos and videos on his personal laptop. Documents describing the case say that at least two of the young children in the collection appeared to be as young as 4 years old. 

"It's very serious because of the implications on that child," said JoAnne Musick of the Harris County District Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Division.

An investigation undertaken by the Sheriff's High Tech Crime Unit first identified Sustaita as a child pornography suspect when they came across obscene material linked to a Harris County digital account. 

"It's rare the office files obscenity charges, but in this case, it was so graphic, we felt compelled to do so," Musick said. 

One of the suspect's defense attorneys, Nathan Hennigan, stated: "It's early in the investigation. I'm not going to comment until we find out more information about the allegations." 

Sources: WTRF-TV, AP via U.S. News & World Report, WCMH, KTRK / Photo credit: Pixabay

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