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Date: 01-16-2020

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United States of America v. Nicholas Salvadore Cochran

Case Number: 2:19-cr-00198-MHW-NMK

Judge: Michael H. Watson

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Franklin County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Heather A. Hill and Jennifer Rausch

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Description: Columbus, OH - The United States of America charged Nicholas Salvadore Cochran with sex trafficking.

A registered sex offender pleaded guilty to crimes related to sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl. He faces at least 27 years and up to 42 years in prison under terms of his plea agreement.

Nicholas Salvadore Cochran, 28, of Lima, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking a minor, and one count of committing a sex offense against a minor as a registered as a sex offender.

Cochran was arrested on Aug. 9 as part of Operation Independence Day – a nationwide FBI-led operation to identify and arrest sex traffickers and recover child victims. He has been in custody since his arrest. A federal grand jury indicted him on September 6, 2019.

According to court documents, police began searching for a 14-year-old girl reported missing from Celina, Ohio in July 2019. Family members believed her to be in the Dublin, Ohio area with a man named “Nick.” Local law enforcement and the FBI began investigating information known about her to help locate the missing girl. The investigation included examination of ads posted on websites used for advertising prostitution.

Investigation of the advertisements revealed that between July 9 and July 14, Cochran posted approximately 25 ads for the Lima-Findlay, Dayton and Columbus areas. He posted ads for sex with the child victim daily, and those ads contained nude photographs of the minor.

Allen County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Cochran on a traffic stop in Lima, Ohio on an outstanding failure to appear warrant and seized Cochran’s phone. The victim called her parents from a hotel in Lima and was recovered.

Cochran had been convicted of two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery in Henry County, Ohio in 2009.

The plea agreement requires Cochran to pay full restitution to the victim and others impacted by the crimes, remain under court supervision for the rest of his life, pay a fine determined by the court and pay special assessments of $10,200 if the court finds that he is not indigent. Judge Michael H. Watson will review the plea and set a date for sentencing.

David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Chris Hoffman, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost; Celina Police Chief Thomas Wale; Allen County Sheriff Matthew B. Treglia; Westerville Police Chief Charles Chandler and other members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force announced the plea entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King.


Charges:


SEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN OR BY FORCE, FRAUD OR COERCION
(1)
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
(2)
ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORNO
(3-4)
PENALTIES FOR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS
(5)

Outcome: 01/09/2020 28 Presentence Report Disclosure Notification received as to Nicholas S. Cochran. Report to be completed by Melinda Vincent. Presentence Investigation Report due by 3/25/2020. (jk) (Entered: 01/09/2020)
01/09/2020 29 Consent to Plead Guilty Before a U.S. Magistrate Judge as to Nicholas S. Cochran. (sh) (Entered: 01/09/2020)

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