(4-3-21) Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that a federal grand jury indicted two men in the Northern District of Ohio this week on child pornography charges. These are separate cases and are not related.
Jeffrey ARMSTRONG, 51, of Rockford, Ohio, was charged in a one-count indictment with receipt and distribution of child pornography. According to court records, from February 10 to February 22, 2021, ARMSTRONG is accused of engaging in an online conversation with an FBI covert employee on a mobile messenger application during which he sent sexually explicit material of minors or child pornography.
This investigation was conducted by the Cleveland Division of the FBI – Toledo Resident Agency and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.
Allen Joseph KAMANN, 34, of Shelby, Ohio, was charged in 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 court records, in February of 2021, KAMANN is accused of engaging in an online conversation with an FBI covert employee on a mobile messenger application regarding the sexual exploitation of minors. Throughout the conversation, KAMANN allegedly transmitted child pornographic materials to the FBI agent. In addition, KAMANN is accused of uploading several images of child pornography to the messenger application in November of 2020.
On February 26, 2021, a search warrant was executed on the person of KAMANN and his property. During the search, law enforcement officers recovered a cellphone containing alleged depictions of child pornography.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Sandusky Resident Agency and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Skutnik.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.
In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.