Three Men Indicted on Child Pornography Charges


Cleveland - The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio announcing Friday that a federal grand jury indicted three men in the Northern District this week on child pornography charges. These are separate cases and are not related.

38-year-old Matthew Barlow, of Akron, was indicted on two counts of transportation of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, one count of sexual exploitation of children, and one count of possession of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, from February 2016 through April 2020, Barlow used an email account to receive and possess approximately 1,483 images of child pornography, which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Furthermore, the affidavit states that some of the images may have depicted a minor that had previously lived with Barlow. Barlow is a registered sex offender in the State of Ohio.

48-year-old Andrew Allen Meek, of Leetonia, was charged on a two-count indictment with receipt and distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and possession of child pornography.

According to the complaint filed in the matter on February 25th, federal agents executed a search warrant at the defendant’s address in Leetonia and seized various digital items. During an investigation of these items, numerous depictions of child pornography were discovered.

The case was investigated by the Youngstown office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force.

And 33-year-old David M. Schade, of Cleveland, was charged on a three-count indictment with sexual exploitation of a minor, receiving visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and possession of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the matter, from March through April 2020, the defendant used the social media platform Snapchat to coerce a minor into engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing and transmitting child pornography. 

During a federal search warrant of the defendant’s residence, investigators discovered numerous devices containing images of child pornography.

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