Man indicted for child porn

Schumacher

A Coitsville man whose home was raided three weeks ago was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he downloaded more than 4,000 child pornography files to the computer in his trailer park home.

Paul C. Schumacher, 50, of 17 Hop St., was indicted Tuesday on two counts of child pornography possession.

His case was assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Gaughan in Cleveland.

An affidavit filed for Schumacher’s arrest says Special Service agents working with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force found on June 19 that Schumacher’s Internet Protocol address was sharing 6,373 files, including 4,146 files of suspected child pornography.

The affidavit says the child porn files were identified through a database that collects hash values of files previously identified as depicting child pornography from federal investigations and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Secret Service agent identified five of the downloaded files depicted child porn. The affidavits detailed the photos, which described naked “pre-pubescent” and “pre-teen” girls in sexualized poses. One of the photos depicts a girl who is 7 years old, the affidavit says.

Agents tracked down Schumacher using his IP address.

Another woman lived in the home with Schumacher, but investigators identified Schumacher because his nickname on one of child porn sharing sites was “Paul,” the affidavit says.

Schumacher admitted to investigators to downloading child porn to investigators. He told he searched for files associated with child pornography.

The affidavit says during a cursory search of Schumacher’s home computer, they found 50 files each containing numerous images and videos depicting child pornography.

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