Child porn bust goes down in Circleville

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On July 27, 2020 the Circleville Police Department along with The Ohio State Highway Patrol Computer Crimes Unit served a search warrant at 466 East Franklin Street in the City of Circleville.

The Circleville Police Department received multiple Cyber Tips from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children indicating that child sexual abuse material was being downloaded and shared at the residence. During the investigation it was discovered that the homeowner, Stephen C. Tobin was the suspect in the crimes.

Mr. Tobin was placed under arrest and charged with Pandering sexually oriented materials involving a minor, a felony of the fourth degree. Further charges are expected, pending electronic forensics.



The Circleville Police Department would like to thank The Ohio State Highway Patrol Computer Crimes Unit, Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children and the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. All of these agencies strive to make our community a safe one for families to raise their children.



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