Man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Suspect, 21, faces more than 45 years in prison
MCT Regional News
Jul 17, 2013

An Ohio man is facing more than 45 years in prison after admitting to possession of child pornography.

Branden Snyder, 21, of 3829 Howards Creek Road, Okeana, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor. Five charges are second-degree felonies; the remainder are fourth-degree felonies.

A remaining 10 charges returned in an indictment in March were merged in exchange for the plea. Snyder is scheduled to be sentenced by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater on Sept. 17. He faces a total of 47½ years behind bars.

Snyder’s attorney Brian Cable requested sentencing not be imposed until after Snyder finished his current medical treatment.

The investigation began in September with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A task force investigator working to identify people who possessed and shared pornography using peer-to-peer software identified images alleged to be child pornography downloaded to an IP address assigned to a subscriber at the Howards Creek address, according to court records.

Butler County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified and obtained a search warrant to seize the computer. While at the residence on Oct. 22, Snyder confessed to having photographs of minors on his computer, according to investigators.

According to court records, the images included pre-pubescent children in various states of nudity, one as young as 4, engaging in sex acts with an adult.

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer McElfresh said the images were not of children from the area.

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By Lauren Pack - Hamilton JournalNews, Ohio (MCT)

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