Child porn defendant gets trial date

Local man makes first appearance in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Cary Ashby
Mar 19, 2013


A Bellevue man accused of possessing child pornography made his first appearance Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Cory M. Hartshorn, 25, of 150 Wood St., Bellevue, is charged with two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor. The fourth-degree felonies are in connection with incidents between Jan. 1 and Feb. 16, 2012.

The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force assisted the Bellevue Police Department with the case.

Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Rich Larson served Hartshorn with the indictment Monday before his arraignment. A Huron County grand jury indicted the suspect Friday.

Judge Jim Conway didn't order any restrictions on Hartshorn, who is out on a personal recognizance bond. The court scheduled the defendant's trial for May 28.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler didn't offer the court any details on the case at Monday's hearing. Hartshorn, whose defense attorney is Jeremiah Ray, told the judge he has no prior felony convictions.

If convicted, Hartshorn faces six to 18 months on each charge. He also would be classified as a Tier II sex offender, meaning he would have to register his address for 25 years.