Authorities announce child porn production charges against 6 Columbus-area men

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six Columbus-area men who met on Craigslist have been charged with crimes related to producing child pornography and repeated sexual abuse of at least two 10-year-old girls.

The investigation began when a special agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations communicated undercover with 34-year-old William G. Weekley of Newark online.

Authorities said through that initial investigation involving Weekley, investigators were able to discover additional defendants:

Timothy F. Sullivan, 49, of Canal Winchester
Franklin Eugene Perry, 62, of Columbus
Brian S. Perkins, 42, of Mt. Vernon
Grant Michalski, 28, of Columbus
Eric Zevely, 33, of Columbus

According to court documents, the defendants allegedly made online contact with each other and others their sexual interest in minors, incest and child pornography.

After making initial contact through Craigslist, Weekley communicated with each of the other defendants on an ongoing basis through text and various other apps.

It is alleged that Weekley had regular access to a female child whom he sexually abused and created images and videos of the molestation, which he shared with others, including some co-defendants.

Weekley and Perry discussed sexually abusing the girl together and made plans for Perry to join, which he did. Perry allegedly encouraged Weekley to continue abusing her.

Perkins and Sullivan requested that Weekley bring the girl to meet them to abuse her, but authorities said they do not believe they met with Weekley.

Weekley and Michalski messaged on Craigslist about interests in sexual topics like “family, forced” and “K9 and more.”

Authorities say Zevely engaged in thousands of communications with numerous other individuals in response to ads placed on Craigslist, including with Weekley.

Investigators found Zevely allegedly sexually abused a different underage female victim. Zevely also alleged to have engaged in communications about sexually abusing minors with undercover officers.

Weekley is charged with one count of attempted coercion of a minor (10 years to life in prison), three counts of production of child pornography (15 to 30 years in prison per count), three counts of distributing child pornography (five to 20 years in prison per count) and one count of possessing child pornography (up to 10 years in prison). He has remained in custody since his arrest in January.

Sullivan is charged with one count each of attempted coercion of a minor (10 years to life in prison), receipt of child pornography (five to 20 years in prison) and advertising for child pornography (15 to 30 years in prison).

Perry is charged with one count of attempted coercion of a minor (10 years to life in prison).

Perkins is charged with one count of attempted coercion of a minor (10 years to life in prison), one count of advertising for child pornography (15 to 30 years in prison) and one count of receipt of child pornography (five to 20 years in prison).

Zevely is charged with attempted coercion of a minor (10 years to life in prison), one count of producing child pornography (15 to 30 years in prison), one counts of distributing child pornography (five to 20 years in prison) and one count of possessing child pornography (up to 10 years in prison).

Michalski is currently charged with receiving (five to 20 years in prison) and possessing child pornography (up to 10 years in prison).

A news conference was held Friday to announce the charges:

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