Columbus man pleads guilty to rubbing genitals on juveniles' feet, uploading images

Aaron Hobbs (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
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A Columbus man pleaded guilty Wednesday to distributing child pornography as part of a plea deal after investigators say he produced images and videos of him rubbing his genitals on children’s feet.

Investigators say 28-year-old Aaron M. Hobbs of Linden produced and posted content online of an adult male rubbing his genitals on the feet of sleeping children, one as young as 1 year old.

The Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant on Hobbs’ residence in June 2018. According to court documents, Hobbs admitted to authorities that he had taken pictures and videos of the incidents involving three children on a cellphone. Investigators also found hundreds of child pornography images, including 48 images and seven videos they say Hobbs produced.

Hobbs faces up to 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender, The Columbus Dispatch reports.