A Sardinia man has been arrested on 10 sex charges involving a minor.
Marcus S. Spaulding, 54, of Sardinia, was arrested this week on charges including five counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, all second-degree felonies; and five counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, also all second-degree felonies.
Additional charges may be filed pending further investigation, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger said his office was contacted by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force concerning information that the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children had received from Facebook involving a suspect who resided in Brown County.
Upon further investigation, the sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for a residence on Martin Alexander Road near Sardinia. Deputies executed the search warrant on Oct. 29 and removed a large number of computers, flash drives, and other electronic components involved in the investigation.
Wenninger said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will be conducting a forensic search on some of the items.
Spaulding was arrested at the residence. He remained incarcerated late Friday afternoon on a $150,000 bond at the Brown Adult Detention Center.
The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a federal anti-crime initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the sheriff’s office said. It is a collaboration of city, county, state and federal law enforcement authorities across Ohio whose mission is to identify, arrest and prosecute individuals who use the Internet to lure minors into illicit sexual relationships or use the Internet to produce, distribute or solicit child pornography.