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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00406-PAG
Judge: Patricia A. Gaughan
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Cuyahoga County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Cleveland, Ohio criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with transportation of child pornography, possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
William D. Schaffer, 53, of Wellington, was charged with transportation of child pornography, possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. William Schaffer amassed more than 2,000 images and videos of child pornography.
Law enforcement officers with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at the residence belonging to Schaffer on June 30, 2020, after receiving information from Yahoo! that an email address associated with Schaffer had been used to upload images of child pornography. Upon entering the residence, law enforcement officers encountered Schaffer and located his laptop, which was, at the time, displaying two images of child pornography.
After searching the rest of the residence, law enforcement officers seized numerous laptop computers, hard drives and iPhone devices belonging to Schaffer. A forensic search of the devices found in the residence and online accounts belonging to Schaffer showed that he had amassed a collection of 2,267 images and 257 videos of child pornography. In addition, investigators determined that Schaffer had used a mobile messaging application to trade images of child pornography with others and amassed a large collection in a cloud storage account.
This investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol M. Skutnik.
18:2252(a)(1) Transportation of Child Pornography
18:2252(a)(2) Receipt and Distribution of Visual Depictions of Real Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct
18:2252A(a)(5)(B)Possession of Child Pornography
Outcome: Defendant was committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for a period of 108 months as to Counts 1, 2 & 3 to run Concurrent; 5 years supervised release as to Counts 1, 2 & 3 to run Concurrent; $300.00 special assessment; $5,000 JVTA assessment; $72,000 restitution