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Registered sex offender in Kent facing felony charge for child pornography

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Posted at 3:19 PM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 15:22:20-04

KENT, Ohio — The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Kent police arrested a 29-year-old man Thursday for allegedly having child pornography.

Authorities said they found the material while executing a search warrant in the 900 block of S. Lincoln St.

Tyler Williams, of Kent, was taken into custody and charged with one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

Police said the case will be reviewed by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office to determine if additional charges will be filed.

Williams is a Tier II registered sex offender after being convicted of gross sexual imposition of a victim under 13 in 2014, according to the Ohio sexual offender registry.

Williams is currently being held in the Portage County Jail, police said. Court records show he is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 14.

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