CLEVELAND — Three Ohio men have been indicted on federal child pornography charges in separate cases, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The first individual, Matthew Barlow, 38, of Akron, is charged with two counts of transportation of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, one count of sexual exploitation of children and one count of possession of child pornography.
Authorities said that Barlow, who is a registered sex offender, allegedly used an email account from February 2016 to April 2020 to receive 1,483 images that showed minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the images that authorities found were said to be that of a minor he previously lived with.
The second individual, Andrew Allen Meek, 48, of Leetonia, is charged with receipt and distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and possession of child pornography.
Authorities said that a search warrant was executed at Meek’s home on Feb. 25 and resulted in the discovery of child pornography stored on “various digital items.”
The third individual, David M. Schade, 33, of Cleveland has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, receiving visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of child pornography.
From March to April 2020, Schade allegedly used Snapchat to “coerce a minor into engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing and transmitting child pornography,” authorities said. When investigators searched Schade’s home, they said that they found “numerous devices” containing child pornography.
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