Former Ohio Education Official Guilty Of Having Child Porn


UPDATED: Monday April 29, 2013 6:34 PM

John Childs, who recently worked as the Chief Operations Officer for the Ohio Department of Education, told a federal magistrate that he is guilty of knowingly possessing child pornography.   

Childs, 47, declined to answer questions on his walk into the courthouse.

His attorney said, "We've got stuff to do, we can't talk to you right now."

But once inside, Childs told magistrate Terence Kemp that he understood the charge against him and that he wanted to plead guilty.

Childs entered the guilty plea based on an agreement with federal prosecutors. They recommended that a judge sentence Childs to six months incarceration.

The crime carries up to a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to federal assistant U.S. prosecutor Heather Hill.

Hill declined comment, saying that she is not allowed to comment on cases before the court.

In court, Hill told the magistrate that investigators had found images of a man violating a girl on Childs' home computer. Hill said the girl appeared to be between six and nine-years-old.

Detectives found a total of 11 explicit images on Childs' computer, according to Hill.

Last fall, 10 Investigates broke the story about the investigation into Childs' pornography use.

The 10 Investigates' report also found suspicious activity on Childs' Department of Education computer, including file sharing activity that appeared similar to the activity that detectives said they had determined Childs was using at his home.

A Department of Education spokesman said at the time that it was unclear whether 10 Investigates' finding showed that Childs had violated any Department policy. But a subsequent state investigation revealed that he had violated policies.

The Department of Education spokesman said a state investigator had found thumbnail images of "pornography."

However, the Department did not label the images child pornography.

The Department of Education fired Childs immediately after the investigation uncovered the images.

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