School worker indicted on federal child porn charges

CLEVELAND - A former information technology worker who worked at two Northeast Ohio school districts has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Andrew A. Shonk, 36, of Massillon, was charged with receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Authorities said that between March 30, 2013, and Feb. 20, 2018, Shonk:

"Knowingly received, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, numerous computer files, which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and which files had been shipped and transported in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce."

According to court documents, Shonk also possessed two USB devices that allegedly contained child pornography. Shonk is accused of having lewd photographs of students from the Rootstown School District where he worked from 2006 until 2012. 

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After Shonk left the Rootsdown district in 2012, he obtained employment with the Hudson Schools. School officials said that while authorities didn't find any nude photographs of Hudson students in their investigation, Shonk did "seek and save photographs from social media sites and the FBI has indicated some of those social media photos are of Hudson students."

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Shonk was placed on administrative leave by Hudson school officials and later resigned. 

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