Reynoldsburg Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing 10,000 Images, 300 Videos Of Child Porn


UPDATED: Friday January 25, 2013 5:52 PM

A Reynoldsburg man pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography Friday after investigators said they found more than 10,000 images and 300 video files of child pornography stored on computers and external hard drives in his home.

Authorities said that Zdenek Hrouda, 37, fled to his home country of the Czech Republic after learning he was under investigation.

Officers searched his home on July 5 after his IP address was identified as a download candidate for suspected child pornography in June, according to a court testimony by a Reyoldsburg Police Officer on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

He returned to the U.S. voluntarily in October, and pleaded guilty to the crime in U.S. District Court for Southern Ohio Friday.

Possession of child pornography is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and at least five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He will also have to register as a sex offender anywhere he works, lives or goes to school while on supervised release.

The plea was announced by United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter M. Stewart, FBI Special Agent In Charge Edward J. Hanko, Reynoldsburg Police Chief James Oneill, and Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott whose office includes the Franklin County ICAC.

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