Warren County village official arrested on child pornography charges


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Warren County village official arrested on child pornography charges

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Nicholas Smith

A Warren County man who is also a council member in the village of Pleasant Plain is facing child pornography charges.

Nicholas Smith, 26,was taken into custody June 17 by FBI investigators after a search of his home on Ohio 132.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received information from Yahoo in March that a person had uploaded 134 images, some depicting child pornography. Subpoenas were issued for the user of the account, which led investigators to Smith, according to U.S. District Court documents.

During the search of Smith’s home, he admitted to uploading images of “younger” females in pornographic poses, according to the FBI criminal complaint.

Smith admitted to opening two separate Flickr accounts to upload the pornographic images using the name lilpicfun and another account name he could not remember, according to court documents.

“Smith stated any of the images uploaded to that account were uploaded by himself,” according to the complaint. “Smith stated he would search for the images on Google and Bing and then temporarily save the images to his computer. Smith then uploaded the images to a Flickr account and then deleted the images.”

Smith said he deleted the images so “no one could find them,” according to the FBI. Court documents also indicate he exchanged images with others using Yahoo Messenger.

According to Carole Goodwin, village clerk and wife of Councilman Bruce Goodwin, Smith has not resigned and has not been asked to resign. The council meets Monday, when the arrest will likely be discussed, she said.

In addition to serving on council for the village of about 150 residents, Smith is member of the volunteer fire department.

Smith waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday in United States District Court in Cincinnati on two charges of distributing and receiving and possessing child pornography. The case will be presented to a federal grand jury next month.

He is free on bond from the Butler County Jail and is under electric monitoring.

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