21 Charged in Massive Child Porn Sting

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CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty on Friday, along with 20 additional law enforcement agencies of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, announced the indictments of 20 adults and one juvenile.

The massive bust was part of Operation Rise and Shine, which targeted traders of child pornography across Ohio.

Investigators used new technology to track down the IP addresses being used to download child porn from March 2012 through October 2012.

During that time, members of ICAC executed 31 search warrants on homes in 19 communities throughout Cuyahoga County. Officers seized 2,455 items from the homes.

Among the charged was Walter Jacobsen, 46, of North Olmsted, an employee of the Positive Education Program, which is designed to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.

Jacobsen denies purposefully downloading the child porn, and remains on administrative leave.

Facing more serious charges is Robert Holpuch, 57, of Valley View, who worked as a volleyball official for the Ohio High School Athletic Association at the time of his indictment.

Holpuch is charged with attempted rape, attempted kidnapping, attempted compelling prostitution, and possessing criminal tools.

*Click here for more details, including a full list of defendants, on Operation Rise and Shine

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