Wellington, OH

Due to possessing, transporting and distributing child pornography, a Wellington man was sentenced to 9 years

James Stephens

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WELLINGTON, OH — Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan declared that William D. Schaffer, 53, of Wellington, today was sentenced to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Patricia A. Gaughan.

Before this, Schaffer pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography, possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

As set out in court filings, law enforcement officers, together with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), conducted a search warrant at the residence belonging to Schaffer on June 30, 2020. This was after obtaining information from Yahoo! that an email address associated with Schaffer had been used to upload pictures of child pornography.

When authorities entered the residence, they ran into Schaffer and discovered his laptop, which was, at the time, showing two images of child pornography. Law enforcement officers took possession of several laptop computers, hard drives and iPhone devices that belonged to Schaffer after searching the rest of the residence.

A forensic search of the devices discovered in the home and online accounts which belong to Schaffer revealed that he had amassed a collection of 2,267 pictures and 257 videos of child pornography. In addition, investigators discovered that Schaffer had used a mobile messaging application to exchange images of child pornography with others, amassing a vast collection in a cloud storage account.

Homeland Security Investigations, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, performed this investigation. Carol M. Skutnik, an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuted this case.

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